Cadillac Adds Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, CUE Enhancements

GM has announced incoming 2016 Cadillac models will be equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two new ways for occupants to seamlessly connect and utilize their Apple or Android smartphone while on the move. The new phone integration systems are part of a larger enhancement of the CUE system, with new features and a faster, streamlined operation.

The Apple system will be introduced on all 2016 Cadillac vehicles featuring an eight-inch touchscreen system except for the SRX, which will be replaced by an all new model in early 2016. Meanwhile, Android Auto will be phased in 2016 production at a later date. The 2016 model year begins this summer.

Apple CarPlay takes the features users want to use on the go and puts them up on the vehicle’s display, allowing drivers to make calls, send and receive texts, and even stream music using either the touchsreen or Siri voice commands. Apps include Calls, Messaging, Maps, Music and other compatible third party apps.

Meanwhile, Android Auto is built around Google Talk and Google Now and the ability to talk to Google. Users can also access a growing number of third-party apps including WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and more.

Many features on both system can be access by voice using button mounted on the steering wheel, enabling drivers to keep their eyes where they need to be– on the road.

Incoming 2016 model year vehicles will also feature a CUE system with a more powerful processor that enables faster start up time, voice recognition, navigation searches, and media playing.