Fourteen Chevys to Feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for 2016
In the automotive arms race to better integrate smartphones and vehicles, Hyundai may have been able to claim “First!” by equipping (only) the 2015 Sonata with Android Auto, but a few hours later, Chevrolet loudly countered with “Most!”
Today Chevy announced that for the 2016 model year, the bowtie brand will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in “more models than any other automotive brand.” All in all, 14 Chevrolet models will feature optional Android or iPhone compatibility, including the all-new 2016 Cruze, which debuts just a month from today.
A 7-inch MyLink infotainment system, able to run both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, will be offered for the 2016 Chevy Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Silverado, and Silverado HD. Meanwhile, an 8-inch screen that only supports CarPlay will be available on the Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, Colorado, Silverado (HD), Tahoe, and Suburban “at the beginning of the 2016 model year,” with Android Auto capability most likely coming later in the year.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
Each system offers what smartphone owners are used to/utterly dependent upon: Google Maps, Google Now, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and other apps appear onscreen with the Android Auto system; while Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and the familiar voice of Siri are accessible (alongside other third-party apps) to Apple CarPlay users.
This new technology should help Chevrolet get some of that Millennial moolah they’re always so eager to attract. It also brings the automotive industry one step closer to the HR-V Selfie Edition becoming a reality.