Cadillac XTS Gets iPad to Help Navigate CUE Infotainment System

Cadillac is doing everything it can to prepare customers for the launch of its upcoming CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system. That includes throwing in an iPad with every 2013 Cadillac XTS.

The iPad not only will get customers accustomed to using a touch-screen interface like CUE, but also includes an app that mimics the look and functions of the new Linux-based operating system.

To some the promise of an iPad might be reason enough to check out the Cadillac XTS, which is expected to go on sale later this spring. Cadillac isn’t the first company to give out iPads with a new vehicle. Hyundai did the same when it launched its Equus luxury sedan.

Cadillac is using the iPad to help provide “An extensive network of services,” which means that the tablet will also have pre-installed MyCadillac and OnStar RemoteLink Apps to allow owners to schedule service as well as see diagnostics about the car.

By providing  a dedicated staff-member at each Cadillac dealership to deal with CUE questions, the automaker is ensuring that it has the resources to help set the expectations with its new system.

The reason for concern is that CUE is one of the first in-vehicle systems that uses a capacitive touch-screen, which is capable of recognizing multi-touch gestures that users might not be used to.