Many car manufacturers now offer CarPlay and Android Auto support even in the basic equipment of new models. Moreover, Apple and Google do not stop working on these technologies. But not all manufacturers support the idea. For example, Tesla never “gave” control of the multimedia display to smartphones. And General Motors plans to join such a principle.
So, new electric cars from GM will “do without” support for CarPlay and Android Auto, instead they will rely entirely on the Android Automotive platform. That is, car owners will still be able to use navigation from Google or other manufacturers, listen to music through Spotify, etc., but for this they will not need a smartphone.
Citing the manufacturer, Reuters tells that this way the manufacturer will be able to “capture more data on how consumers drive and charge EVs.” For example, GM will be able to provide more accurate data on car charging when the driver is heading to a charging station.
Of course, this does not mean that the usual functions of synchronization with a smartphone will be absent. Users will still be able to make calls or play music from a smartphone via Bluetooth.
The full transition to Android Automotive will begin next year with the 2025 Chevrolet Blazer EV, Chevrolet Equinox EV, Cadillac CELESTIQ and GMC Sierra EV.
At the same time, ordinary cars with internal combustion engines are not affected by this decision and will continue to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, models that already work with these systems (such as HUMMER EV 2024, Cadillac LYRIQ 2024, Chevrolet Silverado EV 2024, Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV 2024) will continue to support them.