2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ, courtesy of GM Global Media

2016 Chevy Cruze to Be First GM Model to Ship with Android Auto

According to our friends at General Motors, the 2016 Chevy Cruze will be the first of 14 GM models to ship with Android Auto installed.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more models than any automotive brand. The 14 Chevrolet models include the all-new 2016 Cruze compact car, which will debut on June 24. Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling passenger car, with more than 3 million sold since launch.

 

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “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.”

 

Does this spell doom for Apple’s CarPlay platform?  Uh…no.  According to the article, Apple’s tech is coming soon.  In GM’s case, Android Auto was simply first to pass GM’s gauntlet of distracted driving tests.  Rest assured CarPlay is coming.  And soon.  From GM:

Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

 

The most interesting thing is that the Cruze is leading the charge, signaling a couple of things.  First and foremost integrating this technology will be for the masses; not something to start with Cadillac and let trickle down.  Good for GM, as we’ve had enough trickle-down for awhile.  Secondly, this could help add an immediate spark to Cruze sales.  With a base MSRP of $14k or so, this is a very good price point for teens, second cars, and others who need safe and reliable transportation.

Last week Hyundai announced that the 2015 Sonata would be the first of their models to ship with Android Auto.  At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, we brought you this video of CarPlay demo’ed in a Hyundai Sonata.



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