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GM ditching standalone smartphone connections – report


Future General Motors EVs reportedly won’t have standalone Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity as the automaker switches to Google-based infotainment systems.

Motor Authority said GM EVs and ICE vehicles currently on sale would retain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but new EV models would drop those features in favour of a new infotainment system that “will be an evolution” of the Google built in systems already available in some GM models, like the GMC Hummer EV.

The report noted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto had proven popular because they projected familiar smartphone interfaces onto a car’s infotainment system, allowing drivers to sidestep the eccentricities of the native systems. But GM claimed Google built in systems would provide a more streamlined experience.

“We believe a simple, seamless and built in experience that integrates basic infotainment features with key vehicle systems is the best path forward,” GM spokesperson Anna Yu told Motor Authority. “Requiring our customers to navigate in and out of different solutions and go back and forth for different needs is not seamless.”

Some of Android features, such as Google Maps and Google Assistant voice recognition, would carry over to the new infotainment systems “at no additional cost” for the first eight years of ownership, according to GM. Spotify would be natively available as well, while other third party apps would be available through the Google Play Store, GM added. Bluetooth and Siri support would continue as well, but GM would not comment to Motor Authority on future availability of Apple Music.

The first vehicle affected by this strategy shift was the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, scheduled to go on sale in the US this summer. The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV, 2024 Cadillac Celestiq, and 2025 GMC Sierra EV would also launch without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Other EVs will keep Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for at least the 2024 model year, the report said. That included the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV and Pickup, 2024 Cadillac Lyriq, 2024 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, and the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, which is scheduled to go on sale this autumn.

Motor Authority said the decision also didn’t apply to internal combustion vehicles but GM had indicated it would phase most of those out in the coming years.



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