Cadillac CUE Receives Popular Mechanics Award at CES 2012
Every year, innovators from around the world come together and show off the latest and greatest in consumer electronics at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For more than four decades, the show has reached global markets, connected the industry and served as a place for innovations to grow, thrive and show off. And that’s exactly what GM did this year with it’s latest innovation, the Cadillac CUE.
The CUE is a comprehensive suite of infotainment, navigation and communication tools combined into an eight-inch LCD touch screen and 12.3-inch reconfigurable LCD gauge cluster. Excited yet? You should be. This next step in technology certainly caught the eyes of many at CES, including Popular Mechanics who awarded the Cadillac Cue with the Top Gadgets of CED 2012: Editor’s Choice Award.
To make this award stand out even more, perhaps you should know that Cadillac was the only automaker Popular Mechanics selected beating thousands in the level of innovation, potential industry impact and overall appeal. So what exactly makes the CUE a Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice?
Popular Mechanics Assistant Editor, Andrew Del-Colle said that “after seeing an earlier demonstration of the system at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I knew it would be a strong candidate for an award at CES. The show offered a great opportunity to compare the CUE with many other OEM and aftermarket systems, and it stood out to us for its innovative use of new standards such as HTML 5, as well as for its intuitive user interface.”
Another thing that makes the CUE so special is the fact that is has several industry firsts including:
- Proximity Sensing: As the user’s hand approaches the LCD screen, command icons appear. Icons can be customized and arranged by consumers to improve ease of use.
- Haptic Feedback: Buttons on the fully capacitive faceplate pulse when pressed to acknowledge the driver’s commands and helps keep the driver’s eyes on the road.
- Multi-Touch Hand Gestures: interactive motions (tap, flick, swipe and spread) popularized by smartphones and tablets allow tasks on the LCD screen, such as scrolling lists, zooming maps and searching favorites to be easily accomplished.
- 12.3 in. LCD reconfigurable gauge cluster (on select models) offers four selectable displays – Simple, Enhanced, Balanced and Performance – that can mix traditional vehicle data such as a speedometer and fuel gauge with navigation, entertainment and 3D vehicle image.
- Natural Speech Recognition lets consumers speak logically with fewer specific commands to recall stored media or input navigation destinations. CUE’s text-to-speech feature will also allow consumers to receive text messages by system voice and to send recorded text messages in return.
- Linux operating system, “open” software platform and ARM 11 3-core processor, each operating at 400 million of instructions (mips) per second. This hardware setup offers 3.5 times more processing power than current infotainment systems, and allow developers to write applications to CUE that be downloaded by consumers.
Be on the lookout for the CUE in the 2013 Cadillac ATS and the 2013 Cadillac XTS. Stay tuned for more updates from Bill Delord, and in the meantime, check out this video of exactly how the CUE works.