Cadillac 2016 Models to Get Apple CarPlay at Launch
Automaker Cadillac has today announced in an official press release that it will begin deploying Apple CarPlay on the majority of its 2016 models as part of a broader enhancement of CUE, Cadillac’s user experience, with new features and a faster, streamlined operation. Google’s Android Auto is also expected to be phased into 2016 production but at a later date.
“Cadillac’s product transformation includes continuing upgrades to connectivity and in-car technology,” says David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer. “In 2015 Cadillac became the first luxury brand to feature broad use of wireless charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and now in 2016 we’re moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”
Cadillac notes that Apple CarPlay will debut in all its 2016 models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016. A “Projection” icon will appear on the CUE screen to enable simpler, easier access to key smartphone functions, including navigation, contacts, hands-free text messaging and select applications supported by Apple.
Apple CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher or an iPhone 5 or later or higher, and must be connected via USB.