The battle for dashboard supremacy is starting to heat up.
Tech blog Engadget attended this week's unveiling of CUE, the new Cadillac infotainment platform that will begin rolling out on select Caddy models next year. CUE -- short for Cadillac User Experience -- stars a sleek 8-inch capacitive multitouch LCD that serves up weather and 3-D navigation. It also doubles as an HTML-5 Internet browser, giving drivers with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones a new realm of cybersurfing possibilities.
CUE is backed by Nuance's
Now let's get to the audio features. Pandora
Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM still has its advantages. It lacks the depth of Stitcher's content, but it's live and timelier. It lacks the breadth of Pandora's catalog, but Pandora listeners have to pay a monthly premium if they want to equal Sirius XM's commercial-free musical experience. However, the meatiest advantage that Sirius XM has right now is that automakers -- GM included -- have financial incentives to get drivers to activate their receivers after the free trials run out.
It's an advantage that can't be dismissed, though the rapidly evolving state of dashboard audio entertainment can no longer be ignored.
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