Apple CarPlay Moves to Core GMC Models
Android Auto Gradually Spreading to Sierra, Colorado, and Yukon
CarPlay, the iPhone integration system from Apple, is enjoying a warm reception from many OEMs, with GMC being the latest to join the fray. Available on the 2016 Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon, Apple CarPlay will allow passengers to access some of their phones’ apps directly from the vehicle’s infotainment systems. Android Auto (Google’s CarPlay competitor) will be offered on some Sierra models at the beginning of 2016, with availability spreading to all Sierras, Canyons, and Yukons later in the year.
CarPlay and Android Auto work by displaying an iOS or Android-style app listing to a vehicle’s touchscreen. Only select apps relevant to operating a vehicle safely are available, like music and third-party audio, navigation, text message dictation, and voice calling. Video streaming and web-browsing apps, obviously, aren’t included in the features list.
Additionally, GMC’s built-in voice command buttons can call the integration systems to attention, giving users hands-free audio, phone, and messaging capability. The systems are compatible with Apple iOS 7.1 or higher and Android Lollipop 5.0 or above.
GMC is keen to highlight CarPlay and Android Auto’s integration with the company’s existing OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, which is offered in every GMC (and most other General Motors vehicles). The connectivity suite will make phone integration, music streaming, and other features more reliable and quicker.