General Motors has gone ahead with plans for its GMC and Buick models to be equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its 2016 lineup of vehicles.
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, GMC Canyon, Yukon and Sierra will see Apple’s CarPlay rolling out this year.
Android Auto will be featured later on Sierra models, Canyon and Yukon vehicles.
Android Auto and the GMC/Buick IntelliLink entertainment and connectivity system will be working together to bring the Android ecosystem to buyers.
As noted on Android Authority, only Android devices running on Lollipop 5.0 or later will be supported.
That leaves out older devices from integrating with the system which could be a deal-breaker for some buyers.
GM feels ambitious about the project and is taking an aggressive approach to roll out these systems into upcoming vehicles.
These systems give drivers a safer way to use their mobile devices while in the car.
With CarPlay you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and play your music.
This helps the driver stay focused on the road while giving an immersive experience with the vehicle.
The touchscreen and control knobs within the car can be used to control all the functions listed above for the driver.
One of the best features drivers will find useful will be the maps app offered by both Android Auto and CarPlay.
Most navigation units offered by automotive manufactures lack the smoothness and intuitiveness that Apple and Google have with their mobile devices when it comes to GPS navigation and media functions.
With GM’s aggressive push in introducing these systems in new models, this is going to be a strong selling point for customers.
With distracted driving on the rise, tech companies and automotive manufacturers are now working together to help solve this issue with integrated technologies.
Buick will offer CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features on the LaCrosse and Regal sedans starting next year.
It will be only a matter of time until other major auto manufacturers adopt the this technology in mass numbers.