With the C7 Corvette under development, we’ve taken a sudden interest in the pipeline of future products coming from General Motors. So after we watched the demo video of the new Cadillac CUE infotainment center and the futuristic customizable gauge cluster, we’re holding out hope that the next generation C7 Corvette will benefit from similar technology.
Back in September, Popular Mechanics published an account of writer Colin Mathews prowling Detroit during the Woodward Dream Cruise looking for the scoop on the C7 Corvette. One of the “insiders” he talked with made a comment specifically about the C6 Corvette’s instrument cluster and nav/radio unit. “That’s ancient GM technology” she was quoted as saying and hinted that the next generation would be vastly superior.
Well queue the future because the Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience) is very much the next generation infotainment center that the C7 Corvette needs to have. The touchscreen nav and natural-speech voice recognition are very reminiscent of the last smart phone technology and the CUE’s customizable gauges allow for the driver to have their choice of layouts. All really cool stuff but there is so much more.
Check out this video of the new system in action and then tell us if this is the kind of technology that should be available on the C7 Corvette:
Technology like this in the C7 would accomplish multiple goals. First, it addresses the constant harping on the Corvette’s interior as cheap and inferior. Secondly, it targets the younger buyer demographic who wants performance AND the latest in-car entertainment experience. Finally, the technological leap in the cockpit would go along way to prove that the C7 isn’t merely just a C6.5 upgrade as some have suggested.
We’re very interested in hearing from other Corvette owners. Would you like to see a system like the CUE in the C7 or something more traditional? Use the comment form below and let your views be heard.
CUE will debut in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS and ATS luxury sedans and SRX luxury crossover. Here is the official press release of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.