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Updated 2016 Cadillac CUE. So Fast and Smooth (A Review)

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Cadillac is now using Freescale's i.MX6 DL chip, a Cortex A9 mustering 4,000 DMIPS with a 27 MT/s Vivante GPU. In contrast, the old "Triton" system had a trio of ARM11 cores - for 1,440 DMIPS total - and a 10 MT/s IMG SGX535 GPU. The memory interface has jumped from 16-bit to 64-bit, too. Altogether, Cadillac tells me, the 2016 system should deliver 3x the CPU performance and 4x the GPU performance, affecting not only the experience while driving but how soon CUE is ready after you hit the starter button.


Meanwhile, larger cars - like the Escalade, CTS, and XTS - will get Surround Vision, which will show a 360-degree view around for easier parking. The CTS-V even has dedicated cameras pointing at its extremities, so that you don't inadvertently curb your $5.5k carbon fiber package.  Then there's Apple's CarPlay, included "out of the box" with the 2016 CUE system. As we found on the CTS-V, that'll coexist with the native CUE navigation, the voice prompts piping up from behind the scenes even if your projected iPhone interface is monopolizing the touchscreen. Later in the year, Cadillac tells us, Android Auto will be added. Existing 2016 model year cars will support an upgrade when that happens, too.
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