Many automotive makers tout smartphone connectivity as a promoting level, however GM will not sooner or later. In a Reuters interview, GM digital chief Edward Kummer and government cockpit director Mike Himche say GM will section out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with upcoming electrical vehicles, starting with the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV. As an alternative, you will need to depend on Android Automotive and its apps.
Customers will get eight years of free Google Assistant and Google Maps use at no further cost, GM says. The corporate does not point out what you will pay when you nonetheless want these capabilities afterward. We have requested GM for remark. It is going to nonetheless provide CarPlay and Android Auto in combustion engine fashions, and you will not lose entry on present EVs. GM plans an all-electric passenger automobile line by 2035.
The corporate argues that Android Automotive offers extra management over the expertise. There are upcoming driver help applied sciences which are “extra tightly coupled” with navigation options, Himche says, and GM does not need them to require a smartphone. Kummer additionally acknowledged that there are “subscription income alternatives.” Do not be shocked when you’re paying a recurring price for sure options such as you already do with some manufacturers.
Android Automotive has a rising footprint. On high of GM, corporations like BMW, Honda, Polestar, Stellantis, Volvo and VW are adopting it with or with out Google apps. Nevertheless, the platform does not preclude help for CarPlay or Android Auto. GM is intentionally dropping these options. Whereas this might result in some modern driver aids, it might additionally drive you to mount your telephone if there’s an app or operate the EV’s infotainment system does not help.
The choice is a blow to Apple. Its providers might not have native help in GM EVs. The iPhone maker can be creating a next-gen CarPlay expertise that may take over the whole dashboard — GM simply dominated itself out as a possible buyer. If Apple goes to have extra management over your drive, it must flip to different marques.