Apple CarPlay will be available on 2016 Cadillac models with the CUE’s 8-inch touchcreen except the SRX Crossover, that won’t be updated until early 2016.
Cadillac CUE offers easy access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A “Projection” icon appeasr on the CUE screen for smartphone functions such as navigation, contacts, hands-free text messaging and apps.
Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 8, while Android Auto requires a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0. CarPlay requires a USB connection using a Lightning connector. Android Auto requires a USB cable connection and Bluetooth connection.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with about 82% of iPhones and allows for voice calls, sending/receiving messages and music listening from the iPhone from the touchscreen or by holding the steering wheel button and asking Siri.
Current CarPlay apps listed include Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeart Radio, At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio, Rdio and Audiobooks.com. Apple Maps gives turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions and estimated travel times. It suggests address from your contacts and calendars. The next version of CarPlay using iOS 9 will have smarter Siri voice commands and suggestions.
Android Auto allows for use of an Android smartphone with Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music. There are some compatibility issues with Android Lollipop 5.0 models on certain carriers.
This announcement follows GM’s commitment to CarPlay and Android Auto in its 2016 models. Hyundai claims to be the first to offer Android Auto updating compatible 2015 Sonatas to Android Auto in May while Volkswagen is updating 2015 models to Android Auto, CarPlay and MirrorLink
Cadillac added wireless charging and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi service in the 2015 model year.
A more powerful processor will be added to CUE for all 2016 models, for faster system start-up, voice recognition, navigation searches, and media playing.
The navigation system is simpler for easier destination entry and quicker destination searches. Map screens have been redesigned for easier use, including one-touch control of commonly used features like “muting” voiced navigation instructions and route cancellation.
For the Escalade, CTS and XTS product lines, the Cadillac CUE screen will add Surround Vision, a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s perimeter. Driving mode information will be expanded to the screen as well.