Many automakers tout smartphone connectivity as a selling point, but GM will no longer do so.and Reuters GM plans to phase out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in future electric vehicles, starting with the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV, according to GM’s digital chief Edward Kummer and executive cockpit director Mike Himche. Instead, you should rely on Android Automotive and its apps.
GM says users can use the Google Assistant and Google Maps for free for eight years at no additional charge. The company doesn’t say how much you’ll pay if you need these features later. We reached out to the GM for comment. Combustion engine models will continue to offer CarPlay and Android Auto without losing access to existing EVs. GM plans an all-electric passenger car line by 2035.
The company claims that Android Automotive offers more control over the experience. Himche said driver-assist technologies that are “tighter coupled” with navigation functions are coming soon, and GM hopes they won’t require a smartphone. Kummer also acknowledges that there are “subscription revenue opportunities.” Don’t be surprised if you’re paying a recurring fee for certain features, as some brands already do.
Android Automotive’s footprint is growing. In addition to GM, companies like BMW, Honda, Polestar, Stellantis, Volvo, and VW have adopted it with or without the Google app. However, the platform does not exclude support for CarPlay or Android Auto. GM has deliberately removed these features. This can lead to innovative driver assistance, but it can also force you to mount your smartphone if there are apps or features your EV’s infotainment system doesn’t support.
The decision is a blow to Apple. That service may not be natively supported on the GM EV. The iPhone maker is also developing a next-generation of his CarPlay experience that can take over the entire dashboard – GM has ruled itself out as a potential customer, and it’s not the case that Apple wants more control over your drive. If you do, you will have to rely on other manufacturers.