Cadillac Releases Linux Based In-vehicle Infotainment System

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12 Oct, 2011 12:45 pm

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Cadillac has announced its latest in-vehicle infotainment system and we got to take a ride in the in the demo unit. CUE which stands for Cadillac User Experience and will pair data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with the vehicle infotainment system. You can access it all through the dragon natural speak engine which allows for natural voice commands.

There are a few things to get really excited about, the first that really grabbed my attention is that fact that it will recognize your phone when you enter the car and present your presets. As the user’s hand approaches, icons appear and carry out commands so aesthetically the screen can remain a part of the car until you need it.

The screen has 24-bit color depth and its 1000 nit brightness, which is more than two times brighter than an iPad or current navigation systems and five times brighter than a laptop. Text messages can be read to you while you drive and automated responses are provided or you can create your own. We do wish that the 3D maps were a little more 3D, but I guess you’re driving and not staring at the detail of the maps, so we’ll forgive it!

We’re pretty excited that its running Linux based operating system, which we think will eventually be announced as Tizen. There are a few indication as to why I think its heading for a Tizen announcement, first off developers will be using Java script & HTML5-enabled browser which is the same direction as Tizen. How many other Linux operating systems have recently made this announcement? Pretty neat if it is!

Check out our video below to see a phone pairing an a brief walk through.

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