Chevrolet has announced it will be adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to 14 of its 2016 models.
Seven models fitted with the firm’s seven-inch MyLink Infotainment system will offer both platforms immediately while those with the eight-inch version will have Apple CarPlay but will have to wait for Android Auto while testing is finalised.
Both Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay function by plugging your phone into the car using the USB, and will allow drivers to use apps like Google Maps, Messages and Spotify on the screen on the center-console.
The Chevrolet models which will be fitted with the new technology include the Cruze, the car giant’s best-selling passenger vehicle.
The others are the Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban (full details of which ones have the relevant infotainment systems are below).
As well as standard apps like Music, Maps and Messaging, a string of other apps are already available on Apple CarPlay including Beats Music, iHeartRadio, At Bat, and Audiobooks.com. The system is compatible with all iPhones above and including the iPhone 5.
Meanwhile Android Auto, while also offering the standard Maps and Music, has ready-to-go apps including Skype, Kik and several messaging platforms. You will also be able to use Google Voice to talk to your phone to give it instructions and for example ask for directions on the road.
Drivers in other countries will also be able to use the apps on 2016 model-year Chevrolet cars, including Brazil, Mexico and Canada.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said:
For most of us, our smartphones are essential. 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.
Full list of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps
The full list of apps available on Apple CarPlay is: Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio, Rdio, Overcast, Umano and Audiobooks.com.
The full list of apps available on Android Auto is: Maps, Music, Voice, iHeartRadio, Joyride Podcast Player, Kik, Threema, NPR One, Skype, Pocket Casts, Talkray, Contacts +, Spotify, Stitcher, Text Me! Free Texting & Call, textPlus Free Text + Calls, TuneIn Radio, Umano and ICQ Messenger.
All apps not preinstalled on your cellphone obviously have to be downloaded before they can be used.
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