In a move that mirrors other segments of GM’s lineup, Cadillac will offer enhanced infotainment options and connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto starting in the 2016 model year. The new integration is part of a broader revitalization of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system, and promises new features and more streamlined operation.
Apple CarPlay will first appear for the 2016 model year, slated to begin this summer, with support from the 8-inch CUE multi-touch screen. This excludes the SRX crossover, which will receive a new generation early next year. Meanwhile, Android Auto is expected to see support “at a later date.”
Access to the new systems will be provided via a “Projection” icon on the CUE screen. Selecting this icon will enable basic smartphone functions through the car’s infotainment system.
Apple CarPlay provides features like making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages, listening to music, talking to Siri, access to navigation, and use of a variety of third-party apps (see a full list here). Meanwhile, Android Auto will offer Google Maps, Google Now, Google search, Google Play Music, and several third-party apps (like WhatsApp, Skype, Spotify and podcast players. Check out the full list on g.co/androidauto).
Phones connect via USB to integrate with the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher (or an iPhone 5 or later), while Android Auto requires the Android Lollipop operating system.
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Cadillac Will Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Starting 2016 Model Year originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:00 EST.