The Cadillac ATS sedan is one of the most connected cars in the segment. Bose Premium Surround Sound audio system, Rear Camera Mirror, and the enhanced next-generation Cadillac user experience with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are standard.
The next-generation Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that can be adjusted over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs, leveraging the cloud to enable personalization, available connected navigation, and applications via the Collection app store.
With functionality that applies popular apps and smartphone practices in the vehicle, the new user experience system provides drivers with easier access to the most common features. The more intuitive operation includes a Summary View in which all key applications, including climate, audio, phone and navigation, are displayed on one screen.
The heart of the next-generation Cadillac user experience is the 8-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel. The system’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Upgrades and enhancements for the Cadillac next generation system in 2018 include in-vehicle apps via Collection, partial name recognition, display of Advanced Park Assist, Wi-Fi signal strength display, personalized profiles, integrated smarphone-like navigation and active connection.
"Cadillac pioneered connectivity by bringing OnStar to market, and more recently we became the first luxury brand to enable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across our product line," says Richard Brekus, Cadillac director of product strategy. "We have worked to improve overall system response in recent years, and now this next-generation user experience system delivers more improvements, focused mainly on intuitive control."
Additionally, Cadillac owners who use the myCadillac mobile app for iOS will now also be able to integrate with Apple Watch. The app will automatically appear and sync with Apple Watch running WatchOS 3, allowing owners quick access to commands including:
- Vehicle locate
- Remote start and stop
- Lock and unlock doors
- Activate and cancel horn and lights
- Walking directions to vehicle
"The Apple Watch integration is another example of the seamless integration of technology Apple aficionados have come to expect from the Cadillac brand," said John McFarland, director of Global Digital Experience.
Use of the myCadillac app increased nearly 50 percent in 2017. The mobile app became available in 2010, providing Cadillac owners unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles. Today it is available on every Cadillac vehicle model-year 2011 and newer.