Cadillac might not be the first company to interface an iPad with a car but it's the first one to include one with a new car to enable a user to interact with the car's controls.
Every 2013 Cadillac XTS sold in the United States will include an iPad customized for buyers with the CUE App, along with the MyCadillac App and OnStar RemoteLink.
The Cadillac User Experience (CUE), unveiled last fall, created a lot of interest when it was demonstrated at . The new in-vehicle system allows users to access entertainment and information systems on the car. CUE uses an 8-inch screen mounted in the XTS's center stack and the iPad then seamlessly integrates with the vehicle controls.
"CUE is intuitive, bringing touch and voice controls into the car in a really unique and helpful way," said Don Butler, U.S. vice president of Cadillac marketing. "With CUE becoming a signature feature of Cadillac, and with the launch of the XTS luxury sedan, this is an opportunity for us to build a new level into the luxury customer experience."
There is even a Cadillac CUE App that enables shoppers to "test-drive" the system on an iPad, anytime, anywhere. This CUE App replicates many of the controls and features of the CUE center stack.
The 2013 XTS, unveiled at last year's Los Angeles auto show, will go on sale later this spring. It's positioned directly above the CTS and Cadillac claims the XTS is the most technically advanced car it has ever produced. The XTS, powered by a 304 hp 3.6-liter V6, also offers a 360-degree network of cameras and sensors to enhance driver vision. In addition, Cadillac says the XTS is the only luxury sedan featuring standard Magnetic Ride Control, the fast-reacting adjustable suspension system used on most Corvettes and some Ferraris.