Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

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    Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage
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    April 23, 2012
    by Sami Haj-Assaad


    Cadillac is prepping a new member to its stable. No, itís not the Nurburgring-tested ATS weíve heard oh-so much about. Itís also not the XTS flagship sedan that Cadillac has desperately needed these past few years. In fact, itís not a car at all.

    Get ready to say ĎHelloí to the Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, which will be a new staple for the company moving forward. CUE is an infotainment system brought up to todayís ultra-modern high-tech standards.

    Cadillac makes sure to mention that this isnít a separate entity from the car, but an integrated piece that will be as reliable and comfortable to use as the vehicle itself.

    Speaking to the CUE program engineering manager Jeff Massimilla, he describes CUE as ďharmonious in design to the whole Cadillac experience.Ē

    How did he come to this conclusion? Well, it started all the way back on the drawing board. Massimilla tells us that the user interface and industrial design came first and that they got together with the design studio and outlined what they wanted to do with CUE. ďItís a very design driven process,Ē he said. ďUser elements was a goal.Ē

    Cadillac collected feedback from customers about infotainment systems across the industry to find that people felt frustrated with complex systems that had too many buttons.

    From there, they studied consumer electronics like iPads; ďstuff you could get from Best Buy,Ē he said. The CUE team modelled its interface to reflect how these gadgets worked. ďWe heard a lot of ĎDonít teach me something new,í from the customers.Ē Using these popular devices helped the team identify what will feel natural to the drivers.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    I wish GM could have signed a deal to let Apple do all their infotainment systems. I love that none of my iPhones have come with owners manuals because they did not need them. Hell, just super glue an iPad in the center stack of every GM car and call it a day.
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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffInDFW View Post
    I wish GM could have signed a deal to let Apple do all their infotainment systems. I love that none of my iPhones have come with owners manuals because they did not need them. Hell, just super glue an iPad in the center stack of every GM car and call it a day.
    To a large extent that appears to be what they're banking on for MyLink.

    Virtually everyone appreciates having an LED display with some form of a touch interface. However, most people have access to a smartphone and the capabilities generally exceed those of a $2000 factory infotainment system.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    I still await full phone integration that actually lets you use your phone directly through the touch screen.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by germeezy1 View Post
    I still await full phone integration that actually lets you use your phone directly through the touch screen.
    Aside from text messagine and browser(which NO ONE needs to use while driving) the MyTouch from Ford and even the standard nav screens let you open up a phone menu which is pretty close to using your phone through the screen. On my Edge I can go into the phone menu and have a full keypad, all my contacts, recent calls, and if I had a supported phone my texts.
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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffInDFW View Post
    I wish GM could have signed a deal to let Apple do all their infotainment systems. I love that none of my iPhones have come with owners manuals because they did not need them. Hell, just super glue an iPad in the center stack of every GM car and call it a day.
    How about no?

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by poncho1982 View Post
    How about no?

    I'd hate to abandon GM over a deal with the Devil.
    I was just thinking the same thing. I honestly would never buy another GM car if they did that.
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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by lightbrotha2004 View Post
    I was just thinking the same thing. I honestly would never buy another GM car if they did that.
    yeah, I wouldn't recommend that, and Cadillac/GM would never do that.. However.. There's no reason GM couldn't collaborate with Apple on a system that maintains all the great features from Apple in a GM native system. This would include licensing those proprietary features Apple users appreciate and are accustomed to. Your iPhone or iPad should be able to wirelessly sync with your vehicle's system every time you get in the vehicle.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Apple doesn't license their software or partner with other hardware manufacturers in any way

    God Bless the Blue Bullet.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    I hope CUV works out. This is my least favorite tech in a car, but I know that the market demands it. I could actually see myself cross shoping an Impala vs an XTS and taking the one with the least obtrusive infotainment. The magnetic ride suspension would be he one thing that might make me compromise.




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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Isn't CUe and the other new GM infotainment suites a result of the Google partnership?

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffInDFW View Post
    I wish GM could have signed a deal to let Apple do all their infotainment systems. I love that none of my iPhones have come with owners manuals because they did not need them. Hell, just super glue an iPad in the center stack of every GM car and call it a day.

    Hmmm... jailbreak my car if I want to listen to an mp3 of bit torrent? No thanks.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by ne_one View Post
    Cadillac collected feedback from customers about infotainment systems across the industry to find that people felt frustrated with complex systems that had too many buttons.
    "Infotainment systems" in cars???
    The desire to minimize the number of buttons in automotive infotainment systems has been around since 2001!! That was the rationale behind the first iDrive, where it took over everything.

    Today, the pendulum has swung the other direction a bit, with minimal button functionality still being provided for often used features (lighting, climate control, etc.)

    So that quote is a bit.... odd.
    It's not a matter of the infotainment systems having too many buttons... it's a matter of the infotainment systems being too complex to use by normal people.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    Quote Originally Posted by alex725 View Post
    Aside from text messagine and browser(which NO ONE needs to use while driving) the MyTouch from Ford and even the standard nav screens let you open up a phone menu which is pretty close to using your phone through the screen. On my Edge I can go into the phone menu and have a full keypad, all my contacts, recent calls, and if I had a supported phone my texts.
    The technology in development would allow your phone UI to port to the screen in your vehicle. Your home screeen on your smart phone would be the same home screen in your vehicle, and you would access the information including navigation and contacts exactly as you would on your phone by navigating the touch screen. It would in essence mirror your phone or devices UI on the screen in your vehicle.

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    Re: Right on CUE: Cadillacís new Infotainment System Sets the Stage

    I like it when cars were for enjoying driving and not all this infotainment crap. I know im a minority, just saying, I dont care about it

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