GM: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are Going Away in Our Cars
Apple CarPlay is one of the most popular and searched for options on cars today. It’s great. With it, you can sync your phone to your screen and integrate many of the apps from your phone right to your touch screen. Android Auto does the same. But, General Motors plans to ditch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for its new cars, starting with the 2024 Blazer.
GM Apple CarPlay apps will disappear
GM has often boasted that more if its cars and trucks came with CarPlay or Android Auto than any other brand, according to Reuters. However, GM has a partnership with Google to design a new interface. The new interface will primary slot into the GM’s new electric vehicles and there’s no word, yet, on whether phone apps will continue to stay relevant on gas-powered cars and trucks. Today, about 80% of vehicles can support Apple CarPlay.
But, if you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you’ll still be able to make calls and listen to your own music in a GM Car. Bluetooth, the industry standard for connections to everything from smart speakers to headphones, will stay standard.
Why is GM getting rid of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
GM is getting rid of cell-phone based tech because, as GM engineer Edward Kummer told Reuters, the manufacturer doesn’t want to lock people into having a specific kind of cellphone in order to access their new car. As GM moves to develop its self-driving technology, locking people into an Apple or Android system can overcomplicate a system. Instead, the company wants its cars and trucks to be independent thinkers.
GM’s Super Cruise system lets you drive hands-free over thousands of miles pre-mapped highways and it uses its own system. Though the system isn’t standard on most GM cars, it will be on new electric SUVS, cars and trucks, like the upcoming Sierra EV and electric Chevrolet Silverado EV, as well as the new EV Blazer.
GM will offer Google Maps and Google Assistant for eight years
GM also smells profit in the subscription service arena. Google Maps and Google Assistant, where you say, “Hey Google,” and the system responds like Alexa, will come standard on GM EVs. But, after eight years you’ll have to start paying for the services, which is fine if you don’t plan on keeping your car. Future cars will also offer Spotify for music, Audible for audio books, and other will be able to access other apps, too.