GMC, Buick Join GM’s CarPlay, Android Club

2016 GMC Sierra Apple CarPlay

General Motors is expanding its Android Auto and CarPlay offerings across its brands. Chevrolet and Cadillac are already on board and now GMC and Buick are too.

GMC will be offering Apple’s CarPlay in the 2016 Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra models. Android Auto will be joining later. Both systems will link into GMC’s IntelliLink system allowing drivers to access and control smartphone apps and features through their vehicles.

“GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together. Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it’s technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

Like GMC, Buick is starting off by offering CarPlay first with Android Auto following later. It is starting with CarPlay in all of its 2016 Regal and LaCrosse models. Also like GMC, the systems will link into Buick’s Intellilink system.

“Buick understands the importance of connectivity integration in everyday life and this new connection technology provides drivers with a smart and simple way to have all the conveniences of their mobile devices safely at their fingertips. It’s another step in building and implementing technology that consistently puts our customers first,” says Aldred, who is also vice president of Buick.

Apple CarPlay allows drivers to connect their iOS 7.1 or later iPhones. Drivers are able to make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music. The system also supports such apps as Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Podcasts. Drivers access these phone features through the car’s touchscreen or by direct voice commands to Siri.

Android Auto is the Google version and works with smartphones that have the Lollipop 5.0 operating system or later. It uses Google Maps, Google Now, and the ability to talk to Google to make a system that also allows drivers to make calls, message, and listen to music through voice commands, steering wheel buttons, and the touch screen. It also supports such apps as WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, and Spotify.

Both systems project an icon onto the IntelliLink screen that indicates when the phone is not connected and then changes to show what system, either Android Auto or CarPlay, is being activated when a smartphone is plugged into the USB port. All drivers have to do is download the compatible Apple or Google app and plug their phones in.

Look to see the rest of the models across all four GM brand lineups joining soon.

Photo Credit: GM
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