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Cadillac unveils new CUE infotainment system [video]

New CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system features several new technologies such as proximity sensing

Cadillac has unveiled its new in-car infotainment/connectivity system called CUE.

CUE stands for Cadillac User Experience and features an 8-inch touch-screen with only four buttons to operate it, keeping things simple, according to Cadillac.

Features of the technology include Bluetooth connectivity for many hand-held devices as well as natural voice recognition. New users can choose a simpler set-up for the CUE or a fully connected "super user" configuration. There's also a new technology called proximity sensing which displays buttons on the screen as it senses a hand approaching the touch-screen. 

CUE runs on a Linux operating system for greater stability.

The CUE system will debut next year in the Cadillac XTS and will also be offered in the 2013 ATS sedan and the next SRX crossover.

Source: Cadillac

Cadillac CUE: Intuitive and Connected Driving in 2012

Integrates interior design with industry-first control, command technologies
2011-10-12

  • Natural voice recognition, fewer buttons, larger icons, greater customization
  • Central instrument panel features fully capacitive faceplate, vibrant 8-inch LCD touch screen with proximity sensing, multi-touch hand gestures
  • 3.5 times more processing power than current systems

SAN DIEGO - Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data, will benefit consumers by offering personalized, connected driving beginning in 2012.

"CUE will transform personal transportation by simply and efficiently integrating luxury design and instinctive technology with unparalleled levels of customized in-vehicle connectivity," Don Butler, Vice President, Cadillac Marketing, announced at the CTIA Wireless Association's Enterprise and Applications conference.

CUE will debut in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS and ATS luxury sedans and SRX luxury crossover. CUE is designed to be unique for each consumer, from the "simple user" to the fully connected "super user."

"For the tech-savvy, it's everything you want it to be - a full suite of infotainment, navigation and communication tools that keeps you fully connected. For the tech-averse, its power is remarkably simple, intuitive and accessible," Butler said.

CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, will pair entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, natural voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons

For example, most of today's luxury cars have around 20 buttons controlling the radio and entertainment functions. CUE reduces that to just four buttons.

"CUE doesn't replace your smartphone or your iPodTM," said Micky Bly, executive director, Global Electric Systems, Infotainment and Electrification. "Rather it allows consumers to securely store those mobile devices while channeling the information on those devices, along with your navigation tools, weather maps with Doppler radar, AM/FM and XM radio, instant messages and emails, through a central portal in your Cadillac, keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road."

The heart of CUE is the 8-inch LCD touch screen, seamlessly integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and a motorized fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. The vibrant LCD screen displays CUE's home page, which resembles a smart phone's screen by using large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Capacitive refers to using electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects, such as a finger.

"CUE is a very elegant in-vehicle hub of all the information and entertainment in your life. All of CUE's controls use the same design vernac­ular to create a harmony unique to Cadillac," said Dave Lyon, executive director, Cadillac Interior Design. "Vibrant colors, a piano black face plate, precision-milled buttons, intuitive touch screen placement and sculpted front console provide a spacious, fashion-forward cabin."

To improve simplicity and connectivity for consumers, CUE will feature several auto industry firsts.

  • Proximity Sensing: As the user's hand approaches the LCD screen, command icons appear. Icons can be customized and arranged by consumers to improve ease of use.
  • Haptic Feedback: Buttons on the fully capacitive faceplate pulse when pressed to acknowledge the driver's commands and helps keep the driver's eyes on the road.
  • Multi-Touch Hand Gestures: interactive motions (tap, flick, swipe and spread) popularized by smartphones and tablets allow tasks on the LCD screen, such as scrolling lists, zooming maps and searching favorites to be easily accomplished.
  • 12.3 in. LCD reconfigurable gauge cluster (on select models) offers four selectable displays - Simple, Enhanced, Balanced and Performance - that can mix traditional vehicle data such as a speedometer and fuel gauge with navigation, entertainment and 3D vehicle image.
  • Natural Speech Recognition lets consumers speak logically with fewer specific commands to recall stored media or input navigation destinations. CUE's text-to-speech feature will also allow consumers to receive text messages by system voice and to send recorded text messages in return. 
  • Linux operating system, "open" software platform and ARM 11 3-core processor, each operating at 400 million of instructions (mips) per second. This hardware setup offers 3.5 times more processing power than current infotainment systems, and allow developers to write applications to CUE that be downloaded by consumers. "It's processing speed and power that make CUE so capable," said Bly.

Connectivity, Control, Convenience

CUE development began in 2008 when Cadillac designers rode with 32 consumers for six months to study driver habits. Engineers and designers then used the data to develop CUE.

CUE's LCD screen features the driver's five most frequently used functions stored along the top of the screen. Along the bottom of the screen, users can select up to 60 favorites from music to points of interest, addresses, maps for weather or directions, phone numbers or system commands, such as "tag song."

Favorites can also be re-ordered and named to be easily recallable.

The steering wheel contains a five-way controller on the right side to navigate the cluster display, a vol­ume control and buttons to cycle through favorites, while the five-way controller on the left side manages cruise con­trol functions, voice recognition, phone hang-up and heated steering wheel.

CUE's customization and control features are further enhanced through OnStar's suite of safety, security and connectivity services , such as Turn-by-Turn navigation, Automatic Crash Notification, hands-free calling and the OnStar RemoteLink mobile application.

Key OnStar features are available through CUE's LCD screen, gauge cluster and steering wheel controls.

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 Grey Grey
Linux based? lol
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April 5, 2012 5:43 pm
 ebarsy ebarsy
I want that now.
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October 12, 2011 4:01 pm
 SkadV8 SkadV8
I think this look very awsome. Definitely better than I-drive and MMI and other stuff on market. Its easy and have similarity with modern touch screen phone. :)
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October 12, 2011 3:54 pm
 DocBones DocBones
ATS-V I must admit you are right. Never look at GM products, but the ATS might just bring youth back to the brand. This is one of the nicest computer systems I've seen yet. It's in line with Tesla. Makes the German brands look really behind as they really are. And I LOVE german brands.
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October 12, 2011 1:31 pm
 benz_man benz_man
Is that a production XTS interior? Am I late?
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October 12, 2011 1:01 pm
 ATS-V ATS-V
Cadillac is on the ball with this...Can`t wait for my ATS...This is HOTT Only if the XTS was R.W.D that would have been my first choice of car...
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October 12, 2011 11:44 am