Following the spree of fellow General Motors brands announcing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Cadillac has joined the crowd, ready to support the latest in third-party infotainment. The addition of CarPlay and Android Auto will be coupled with new CUE upgrades to all 2016 Cadillac models.
“Cadillac’s product transformation includes continuing upgrades to connectivity and in-car technology,” says David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer. “In 2015 Cadillac became the first luxury brand to feature broad use of wireless charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and now in 2016 we’re moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”
Apple CarPlay support will begin with the 2016 model year, which begins this summer, while Android Auto will be included further down the road.
The CUE upgrades include a more powerful processor, allowing for a much quicker start-up, voice recognition, navigation and media playing. Regarding the navigation system, Cadillac says the control structure has been simplified for easier destination entry, and quicker searches. A one-touch control button has now been added to mute certain essential functions such as voiced navigation instructions and route instructions.
For the Escalade, CTS and XTS, the Cadillac CUE upgrades will now also include Surround Vision, giving drivers a 360 degree view of the vehicle’s perimeter.