Cadillac’s CUE system still isn’t quite there when it comes to ease of use. But, much like every luxury automaker’s infotainment system over the years, it’s getting better.
Cadillac has revealed the next generation of CUE and what owners can expect from the updated system. The upgrades can be categorized with a couple of words: intuitive and personalized.
CUE will now support cloud-based driver profiles. These profiles allow the driver to customize and personalize the CUE system’s features and can be taken with the driver to any new Cadillac vehicle equipped with CUE. Features like vehicle and display setting, contact favorites, navigation route preferences and recent destinations can be customized and jump from Cadillac to Cadillac with the driver.
That’s the personalization component. Cadillac says this new system is also more intuitive to operate. How? CUE will now include a “Summary View” to display all key applications, such as climate, audio, phone and navigation, on one single screen.
Speaking of navigation, CUE now features an all-new navigation app with available information from the cloud. Points of interest, traffic information, parking and fuel prices are constantly updated with help from the cloud. Improved voice recognition and a simpler onscreen search function is said to reveal navigation results quicker than ever, too.
Over time, the new navigation system will also begin to learn the driver’s preferred routes and offer up suggestions to avoid traffic and predict other suggestions that may be useful.
Finally, OnStar becomes more active than ever. With permission from the owner, Cadillac will update features remotely, such as the navigation app or new Collection app, after the vehicle leaves the dealership.
The new CUE system will debut with the 2017 Cadillac CTS mid-year, followed by the Cadillac ATS and XTS for the 2018 model year. As for other vehicles like the Escalade and XT5, the brand simply says the system will make its way in following model years.