Cadillac announced today that its vehicles would benefit from a built-in 4G data connection, and that an app store, called CUE Collection, would launch in its CUE infotainment system later this year. The move follows similar announcements by sibling-brand Chevrolet, and builds on the OnStar telematics platform which comes standard in GM vehicles.
Last year, OnStar announced it would adopt 4G connectivity through AT&T, making for a more robust data connection into the car able to power other features besides the traditional OnStar safety and concierge services. OnStar comes standard in all Cadillac models, and includes app-controlled remote vehicle services.
At this year's CES, Chevrolet showed off its new App Shop, an addition to its MyLink infotainment interface that lets owners download and install new apps for their car, similar to smartphone app stores. Apps Chevrolet introduced with App Shop were Glympse, The Weather Channel, NPR, TuneIn radio, Pandora, and Priceline.
Cadillac and Chevrolet often share a technology base, although Cadillac gives it a unique spin in its production vehicles. The CUE Collection, Cadillac's version of App Shop, is likely to include a similar set of apps as Chevrolet showed.
CNET most recently tested the CUE infotainment system, which does not yet include CUE Collection, in a Cadillac ELR. In that car, it worked very well, responding quickly to touchscreen inputs and offering advanced voice command.
Cadillac noted that the first model to receive the 4G data connection and CUE Collection will be the 2015 ATS Coupe, coming out late this year.