GM to Offer Both Google, Apple Software Options
May 29, 2015—General Motors plans to offer both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay software in most of its Chevrolet vehicles in what The Wall Street Journal reports is a sign that no mobile operating system is dominating the auto industry.
Occupants of Chevrolet vehicles will be able to link to their cellphones through an icon in the center screen of the vehicle via either Android Auto or CarPlay. This will be the option for the majority of the 2016 vehicle portfolio, the Wall Street Journal report said.
The first to offer the feature will be the Chevrolet Cruze, due out next month.
Automakers are now allowing consumers to link mobile software provided by others rather than offering their own telematics software or through exclusive technology. Each gives users access to everything from maps to music.
Hyundai Motor Co. recently became the first automaker to offer Android Auto on one of its production vehicles, the 2015 Sonata sedan. It is currently working to add CarPlay. Ford also intends to offer both CarPlay and Android by the end of 2016, it has said.
Chevy’s MyLink seven-inch screen system will offer both on early 2016 models including the Malibu, Camaro, Spark and Silverado. The 8-inch version will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year with Android Auto to be offered later on.