GM CEO Barra: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to appear in 14 different 2016 Chevys this year

GM CEO Barra: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to appear in 14 different 2016 Chevys this year
The top executive at GM, Mary Barra, said today that 14 new Chevy models rolling off the assembly line later this year, will work with both Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay. The models that will support the two services include the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Silverado, Impala, Volt, Suburban, Colorado and Tahoe. These vehicles accounted for 2.4 million unit sales and the Cruze is Chevy's best selling passenger vehicle.

Android Auto is based on Google Maps and Google Now and lets you interact safely while behind the wheel with such apps as WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music and Spotify. Google's strong voice recognition abilities will help drivers navigate the system while driving. Users will have to pair with an Android handset running Android 5.0 or higher.

CarPlay allows drivers to make/take calls, send and receive messages and listen to music. Drivers can use Siri to communicate with the service, and Apple Maps can predict where you want to go by perusing your emails, texts, contacts and calendar. Users will have to pair it with an Apple iPhone 5 or higher.

Both systems require that compatible apps be installed on the paired phone first and Chevy customers in markets around the globe like the U.S., Brazil, Mexico and Canada, will be able to use Android Auto or CarPlay. Eventually, other GM models like Cadillac will support both systems. Earlier this year, Ford said that it would roll out its Sync 3 infotainment systems on all new models later this year. Sync 3 will also support Android Auto and CarPlay.

source: USAToday via AndroidCentral


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