Cadillac CUE Infotainment Technology
Cadillac CUE, by Toronto Sun
With CUE technology at the core, flexibility and personal adaptation is the key to what the company thinks may keep it ahead of the pack.
Cadillac is serious about driving the performance sedan market in 2013. So much so, it is putting control of the dash layout in the hands of the driver and not just the design team responsible for the car. Sure, Cadillac dictates what you can and cannot do when it comes to shifting things around on the display, but with CUE technology at the core, flexibility and personal adaptation is the key to what the company thinks may keep it ahead of the pack.
“We spent time with owners of all kinds of vehicles to learn how they used the radio, navigation, phone settings, and other user connectivity features,” said Scott Martin, senior creative designer in charge of building the digital cluster layouts. “Most drivers fall into one of four different categories in terms of the amount of information they want to see at any given time, so we built the XTS gauge cluster layouts to appeal to any one of those drivers.”
A multi-directional switch on the steering wheel is the key to how the system works. Typical analogue dials are replaced by a crystal-clear 12.3-inch LCD screen. All four cluster designs display vital information such as vehicle speed and fuel information. But what comes next and how you show it is the where the fun comes in.
The “Balanced” display is typical of what most drivers’ experience in their vehicles today. Three zones highlight a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, radio and outside temperature.
The “Performance” layout shows a large speedometer on the right, tachometer on the left, plus fuel and tire pressure monitor The “Enhanced” display is designed for the connected driver as it houses a navigation system on the left and digital speed and fuel indicator on the right.
Finally, the “Simple” is for those who prefer a minimalist approach to their dash. According to Cadillac, it shows speed, fuel and audio only.
Just how many new Cadillac XTS owners take the time to organize their dash designs is anyone’s guess, but with mobile devices and Smart TV’s leading the way, it seems a logical step to take this idea into our luxury automobiles. Cadillac is thinking smart and it shows.