Cadillac: Bringin' Back Swagger
It looks like someone at General Motors has finally made the right decision for Cadillac; this decision consists of two simple directives: Stop neglecting Cadillac and make it competitive!
Prepare for the new “Cadillac User Experience,” or as it will be more commonly referred to, CUE.
Building on the smartphone and tablet based technologies; CUE will consist of an 8-inch touch-based LCD interface with haptic-feedback. This means that you’ll feel a slight pulse of vibration letting you know that you have activated a button and its uses. Just like your cell phones.
CUE’s application menu screens have managed to minimize the overly complicated uses of most car based touch screen systems. GM apparently took cues (pardon the pun) from the failure of Ford’s touch screen systems. It is said that CUE will be just as easy and fun to use as an iPad.
Unlike the usual clutter found on the dashboards of luxury cars today, Cadillac’s CUE has been minimized to only four physical buttons. This is with the driver’s safety in mind, the less time fumbling with a dashboard that looks like a jet cockpit, means the more time spent focusing on the road.
“We’ve seen things from competitors that are almost like you’ve got a typewriter in your car,” said executive director of interior design Dave Lyon in an interview. “It’s way too distracting.”
The app menu screen maintains its uncluttered state when not being used. CUE can detect movement towards the interface screen and this will cause more icons to appear for added functions.
CUE users can also connect their smartphones, Bluetooth or USB-connected devices into the car. This will allow music files from all the various sources to be accessible in one place on the CUE app menu screen.Continued on the next page