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Cadillac Updates Its User Interface With Additional Functionality and Simplified Menus

Cadillac today announced a new generation of its CUE infotainment system. Connectivity, convenience and customization are the watchwords for this update, with the automaker introducing new technology, a new interface and improved voice recognition.

Cadillac's new CUE system will debut on the 2017.5 CTS and will be included in the 2018 XTS and ATS sedans. Full adoption across the rest of the Cadillac lineup will be rolled out in future model years.

Cadillac CUE

The new system promises more smartphone-like interaction and capabilities, making it more intuitive for users to control. Cadillac is also introducing the Collection app store to allow users to customize functionality to meet their needs. Access to the climate control, audio, phone and navigation systems has been made simpler with the introduction of the Summary View, which displays key applications on one screen.

CUE's new navigation app increases its usability, offering improved search functionality and access to live traffic and parking information, fuel prices, and points of interest. The system will also learn users' usual routes and destinations so it can offer predictive suggestions for regular destinations. Navigation will require a separate subscription from OnStar.

The OnStar 4G LTE connection will allow owners to connect up to seven devices to in-car Wi-Fi. This connection will also allow Cadillac to update the car's apps, features and functionality. Cadillac will continue to offer a complimentary 12-month subscription to OnStar.

In addition to its traditional features, the OnStar connection will allow users to create cloud-based driver profiles that save vehicle and display settings, favorite contacts, and navigation and destination history. These profiles can then be loaded into any Cadillac equipped with the new CUE system.

Cadillac CUE

OnStar also allows owners to make use of the myCadillac smartphone app to manage their car and Smart Driver, which monitors driving habits to help drivers improve fuel efficiency and minimize wear and tear.

Cadillac likes to remind us that it was the first luxury carmaker to enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its full product line, and that capability carries over to the new system.

Luxury-car buyers have no shortage of choice when it comes to excellent infotainment options. Ford's Sync 3 system, available in all Lincoln models, offers similar functionality to CUE and has been praised for improving greatly on earlier iterations. Audi also offers similar navigation features, with the added appeal of a touchpad that allows users to trace letters and numbers to enter addresses, and the trick Virtual Cockpit customizable instrument cluster.

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