GM will stop using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for Google-based system
March 31, 2023 Hector Russo
General Motors will phase out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in favor of Google-based infotainment systems.
Hoy General Motors advertisement its intention to phase out support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its future electric vehicles, starting with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer. The automaker will switch to integrated infotainment systems developed in collaboration with Google.
This move could help GM gain valuable insights into consumer driving and charging behavior, which would help improve its electric vehicle (EV) technology and user experience.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are widely used systems today and by offering access to apps, music and navigation services, these technologies have become essential for many drivers. However, GM believes that the move to a Google-based infotainment system will benefit both the company and consumers in the long run.
The decision to move away from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a strategic one for GM. By offering an integrated infotainment system, the automaker is able to capture more data about how consumers drive and charge their electric vehicles. This information could be vital to GM as it seeks to improve its EV technology, develop new features, and improve the overall user experience. In addition, it could help GM better understand consumer preferences and needs, which would allow the company to offer more targeted and personalized options.
In addition to providing valuable data, GM’s partnership with Google is expected to bring a number of benefits to the new infotainment system. With Google’s experience in software development, the system is likely to be easier to use and have more features than its predecessors. In addition, the collaboration could lead to innovative solutions that integrate various aspects of the driver’s digital life, offering seamless connectivity between the vehicle and other devices.
Although some consumers may be disappointed by the discontinuation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, GM’s decision to focus on its own infotainment system could prove beneficial to both the company and its customers. The new Google-based system has the potential to deliver a more integrated and seamless driving experience, while the data collected from it could help GM create even better electric vehicles in the future.
On the other hand, the decision to phase out Apple CarPlay has dealt a setback for the company in the competition with Google to capture more space on vehicle dashboards in North America. General Motors (GM)’s Chevrolet brand used to boast that it offered more models with CarPlay or Android Auto than any other brand.
The market for car infotainment systems has long been a battleground for Apple and Google, who are seeking to dominate vehicle dashboard space with their respective solutions.
Buyers of electric vehicles GM Those equipped with the new systems will enjoy access to Google Maps and Google Assistant, a voice control system, at no additional cost for eight years, GM reported. The company also noted that future infotainment systems will include apps like Spotify’s music service (SPOT.N), Audible and other services that many drivers currently connect to via their smartphones.
It remains to be seen how other automakers will respond to GM’s decision and whether they, too, will consider moving away from third-party infotainment systems. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, the adoption of integrated data-driven solutions could become increasingly common as companies seek to gain a competitive advantage and deliver the best possible experience for their customers.
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He has been living in Dallas, Texas for 30 years and long before that he was dedicated to Information Technology. He was included by Ivy Worldwide in their list Top 25 influencers in Technology. He is currently also an IT manager at an important company in the Energy sector and is also a current member of the panel that chooses the best vehicles of the year in the United States for the Hispanic market, through the Hispanic Motor Press Awards.