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.