2013 Cadillac SRX Features CUE Infotainment System: 2012 New York Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Rounding off the American luxury brand’s lineup, the Cadillac SRX debuted yesterday at the unfolding New York Auto Show featuring a restyled front end and refreshed interior.

While the same host of luxury appointments you might expect from the brand like leather and wood trim are present, the upcoming model’s most interesting feature is its new infotainment system, called “CUE.”

Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing explained the system during a press conference today. Butler referred to the system as “intuitive technology” which might be hard to take at face value, but the brand is doing everything in its power to make that true.

To start, CUE is designed to work like the tablet and smartphone systems so many of us have come to feel comfortable with. While that itsn’t true for everyone who might be buying a Cadillac, the company is dispatching iPads loaded with an application that runs a near-perfect copy of the CUE system to its dealerships so staff will be comfortable explaining it.

Next month, that same app will be available to the general public as well, so people can follow along and take their tutorial software home, or even try it before sitting in the car.

While that’s nothing new, the cool functional features behind CUE got a little clearer during Butler’s speech. Drivers won’t have to fiddle with lots of little buttons, or even worry about tapping the right part of their screen while driving to control the system. Instead, it uses proximity sensing to know what your hand is approaching the screen.

For example, when a song is playing the screen shows the artist, album, radio station and other relevant information, but the screen senses shifts to display the most likely controls as it senses your hand approaching.

Aside from cool tech features there will be standard device connection options like an SD card slot and USB ports. Safety features like adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane departure warning and more.

GALLERY: 2013 Cadillac SRX

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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