GM thinks dropping Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes automobiles safer

Normal Motors believes phasing out standalone Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity will assist enhance security, the corporate just lately instructed Motor Development.

At a media occasion for the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, the primary automobile to get a brand new Google-based infotainment system that drops Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, GM head of product for infotainment Tim Babbitt instructed Motor Development that the brand new system makes it much less probably that drivers will choose up their telephones whereas behind the wheel.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have stability points that may end up in gradual responses, poor rendering, and dropped connections, Babbitt mentioned. And if issues aren’t working correctly on the automotive’s display, drivers will probably be tempted to make use of their telephones, he argues, whereas admitting that GM hasn’t examined this speculation.

The reliability of CarPlay and Android Auto can certainly be a difficulty because of issues like poor wi-fi connections, compatibility points with the quite a few Android telephones available on the market, and backwards compatibility points that have an effect on older iPhone fashions, Motor Development notes. GM believes it is fixing this by including most of the options drivers use on their telephones—akin to Google Maps—on to the infotainment system. This theoretically makes them extra steady, whereas giving GM extra direct entry to information generated by customers.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

GM introduced in April that every one future EVs would get the Google-based infotainment system. Following the Blazer EV, the Chevy Equinox EV, Cadillac Celestiq, and GMC Sierra EV are all scheduled to launch with out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Manufacturing points have delayed the launch timing of a few of these fashions, nonetheless.

The choice to take away CarPlay and Android Auto would not apply to combustion-engine autos, however GM has indicated that it’ll get rid of most gas-powered autos from its lineup within the coming years. The automaker in 2021 declared an “aspiration” to take away tailpipes from its light-duty autos by 2035 and plans to make Buick and Cadillac all-electric by the tip of the last decade.


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