Buy a car, get a pad. That’s one of the bonuses Cadillac is throwing in with the new XTS flagship sedan it is launching in late spring.
Customers will get a new iPad as part of the deal, the tablet computer loaded with a variety of software features that are, in turn, part of what Cadillac is describing as a network of new support services it hopes will differentiate it from other luxury brands.
The iPad itself will feature a variety of apps, including one that will let buyers “test drive” the new Caddy CUE system. That’s the maker’s new voice-activated infotainment system. CUE uses some of the same basic technology as Apple’s Siri service and is pre-programmed to recognize common speech, rather than the strict command language most other in-car voice systems require a user to learn.
The iPad will also be loaded with OnStar RemoteLink and the MyCadillac app allowing owners to find the nearest dealer, schedule service and repairs online or call for roadside assistance, if necessary.