2016 Cadillacs enhances CUE with Apple/Android connectivity
As expected, Cadillac has joined Chevrolet in confirming it will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to all of its 2016 models that feature the CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Sole exception will be the current SRX compact SUV that undergoes a complete makeover - including a new XT5 designation - early next year. Like the Chevy setup - and what will likely be subsequent integration in 2016 Buick and GMC products - both systems need the owner's smartphone connected via a USB port. Apple CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher on at least an iPhone 5 while Android Auto needs a phone with Lollipop or newer operating system.
Cadillac also announced that the CUE - Cadillac User Experience - system itself will receive a significant upgrade for 2016 in the form of a more powerful core processer that will bring a faster startup along with improved voice recognition, navigation searches and media playing. The navi functions will offer a simplified control structure, improved map screens and expanded one-touch capability. CUE systems in the CTS, XTS and Escalade will gain a 360-degree Surround Vision feature and display additional driving mode info on the screen.
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