Cadillac opens an app store, goes 4G

Cadillac announced today that its ATS Coupe will be one of its first models to get a 4G data connection and an app store, called CUE Collection.

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The CUE Collection will let Cadillac owners add useful apps to their car's dashboards. Cadillac

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 (Cadillac User Experience) 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 in 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.

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Cadillac released an image showing that iHeartRadio would be one of the CUE Collection apps. Cadillac

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 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 touch-screen 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 later this year.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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