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Next-gen Cadillac infotainment promises cloud-based personalization

The much-maligned Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system is about to receive one hell of an upgrade, and it’s arriving shortly.

Cadillac will debut a new version of
starting with the 2017.5 CTS sedan, which should be arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2017. Along with a new look, CUE 2: Electric Boogaloo promises increased personalization thanks to a greater reliance on the cloud.

The new look is less flashy and more straightforward, which should improve the system’s speed. The new design takes more of a flat approach, with a more smartphone type of look, a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

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Good riddance, Original CUE.


But the real meat and potatoes of the upgrade is underneath the skin. Personalized profiles are sent to the cloud, and that can include contacts, navigation route preferences, destinations and even the arrangement of the apps on the home screen. If you happen to hop into another vehicle with the new CUE, you can log into your profile and the infotainment system will be exactly as it was in the first car.

There’s also a new connected navigation system. Also relying on the cloud, this subscription service can pick up on your preferred navigation routes, even going so far as to make suggestions based on local factors like traffic and previous destinations. All cars equipped with the new CUE system receive connected navigation for free for 12 months.

Since it’s still a GM product, the automaker’s ubiquitous 4G LTE connection is present. It can be used for over-the-air updates, and its integrated Wi-Fi hotspot lets up to seven devices connect simultaneously. The revised CUE also permits two different phones to be connected via Bluetooth at the same time. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, as well.

After its debut on the CTS, the revised CUE will make its way into the XTS and ATS sedans at the start of the 2018 model year. It will reach other Cadillac models in subsequent years.

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I’ve always been a fan of flat designs. Sometimes, less is more.


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Porsche’s Panamera gets better with turbo power video

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Chevrolet will build thousands of autonomous Bolt EVs, report says

Chevrolet has not been shy about its autonomous ambitions, but it’s about to get really ambitious with an alleged plan to roll out thousands of self-driving cars in the near future.

General Motors will produce thousands of autonomous Bolt EVs in a partnership with Lyft, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. If it really does scale up its rollout to this magnitude, it’d be the largest test of its type. Most automakers have self-driving test fleets in the single or double digits.

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All that self-driving hardware may not be pretty, but it gets the job done.

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Many vehicles produced for this test would go to Lyft’s ride-sharing fleets across the country, the report claims, where the cars could be tested in real-world situations. There does not appear to be any intent on providing these cars to the public beyond what a rider might encounter when calling for a Lyft. Most states do not even have a regulatory framework in place for autonomous vehicles.

Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. General Motors said it had nothing to add, but in a statement delivered to Reuters, the company said, “We have said that our AV technology will appear in an on-demand ride-sharing network application sooner than you might think.”

GM has invested heavily in Lyft. The automaker invested $500 million in the company known for its pink mustaches, and it raided the remnants of another ride-sharing startup in order to bolster Lyft’s offerings. The two have been close partners ever since the investment.

In early December 2016, Michigan signed into law a series of bills regulating the development and eventual sale of autonomous vehicles. Shortly thereafter, GM announced that it would build and test autonomous Bolt EVs locally. Lyft competitor Uber also said it would build an autonomous research center in Michigan, which is good, because it’s not on the best of terms with California.

On the road: 2017 Bolt EV

GM takes the lead in EVs for the real world.

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Your emails: Homebrew tips on getting CarPlay in your older car video

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On the road: 2017 Bolt EV video

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Audi RS3 Sportback: Yet another piece of hot-hatch forbidden fruit

Want to see the future of car technology?

Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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