When I say CarPlay what does your mind automatically go to? Do you think about a playground for cars? Or maybe you think of playing in your car? I bet you didn’t think of an Apple automated tech system! Well Chevrolet did, and they are bringing it to a car near you! Earlier last week Marry Barra CEO of General Motors announced that the Chevrolet brand will be partnering with Apple and Android to create 2 unique car tech systems.
First up we have Apple CarPlay, this system will be executed on the seven-inch MyLink system. CarPlay utilizes iPhone features you’d want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple way. It allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. This system will make its debut in the 2016 Chevy Cruze set to be revealed on June 24th 2015.
Next on the docket is the Android Auto system compatible with the eight-inch version of MyLink, Android Auto is still in the development and testing stages but is planned to be revealed in the later 2016 models. Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players.
With 2.3 billion (and rising) smartphones in use globally and new laws promoting hands free, distraction free driving customers are demanding better integration between their phones and vehicles. Chevrolet has noticed this trend and has responded. 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.” We could not agree more!
Just another thing to add to Chevy’s strong track record customer-centric innovation!
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