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Android Auto hitting the road in 14 Chevy models later this year

Mary Barra, CEO of GM, says that Chevy will introduce 14 new cars this year equipped with Android Auto later this year. This will allow customers to use several features of their Android device in their vehicle. All of the cars will be in the 2016 model year, and will include Chevy's Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Volt lines.

From USA Today:

The partnership with Apple and Google across 2016 Chevy models ranging from the $15,000 Spark to the $55,000 Corvette is part of the automaker's efforts to make the tech available to as broad a consumer base as possible.GM's MyLink engineers have been working with counterparts from the two Silicon Valley giants for the better part of two years to integrate a look and functionality familiar to owners of both smartphone operating systems.

To use Android Auto with your 2016 Chevy when it rolls off the line later this year, you'll need a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. You'll also need to install the Android Auto app.

GM isn't the only car maker debuting vehicles with Android Auto on board. Hyundai recently announced that their 2015 Sonata will come equipped with the system as well.

Source: USA Today (opens in new tab)

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES – According to Strategy Analytics, there are more than 2.3 billion smartphones in use globally, and that number continues to rise. And on the road, customers are demanding better integration between phones and their vehicles. Whether they have an Apple or Android phone, Chevrolet is committed to providing the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible to owners across the globe.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more models than any automotive brand. The 14 Chevrolet models include the all-new 2016 Cruze compact car, which will debut on June 24. Cruze is Chevrolet's best-selling passenger car, with more than 3 million sold since launch. Additional models are listed in a chart below.

"For most of us, our smartphones are essential," said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. "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."

Chevrolet's seven-inch MyLink infotainment system gives owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The eight-inch version of MyLink will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year.

Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. 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. A full list of supported apps is available at Android.com/auto.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features you'd want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle's display in a smart, simple manner. That 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. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.

Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Chevrolet has a strong track record when it comes to broad availability of customer-centric innovation as the first brand to introduce Siri Eyes Free functionality and the first and only car company to offer available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity across a range of cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and Canada. In less than one year, Chevrolet has connected more than a half-million customers to high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

Chevrolet customers in markets around the world including Brazil, Mexico and Canada will benefit from this new level of smartphone integration. Specific market availability for Android Auto can be found here. Current Apple CarPlay markets can be found here.

In 2014, the 14 models included in this rollout accounted for more than 2.4 million vehicle sales, or 51 percent of Chevrolet's total global sales.

Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A "Projection" icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google's privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

15 Comments
  • Great news! American car's have been great lately!
  • What abkut Aveo? Cruze in India? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder how much that Parrot aftermarket head unit is going to cost when it comes out....
  • I hope the 2016 chevrolet ss sedan has it. Posted via my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • just be glad they are making a 2016 model... I feel like its gonna get cut from the line up pretty soon due to its poor sales. which I don't understand, the car is well built and is a rocket ship! and finally for next year its gonna be available with a proper geabox
  • 2016?? I just leased a 2015 Equinox. Damn.
  • My husband looking to buy new car so might have to tell him about this......but I love my 1946 Studebaker M5 truck....so no Android auto for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are aftermarket head units available. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Na I just could not do it.... My truck is restored like it rolled off the show room floor. Only thing that don't have new tech in it would sorta ruin it for me ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damn, I got a 2014 Silverado... possibilities... Posted via the Android Central App
  • easy, pioneer radio and parts to make it fit/work in the silverado. problem solved.
  • I like the idea since they all run the same google play app, the experience should be fairly consistent across car companies.
  • Waiting for Honda. But this is good. Wondering if my 2015 Silverado is upgradeable at some point. Chevy MyLink is pretty awful. Posted via the Android Central App on my 5.1 X Pure
  • Chevrolet kinda sucks overall and adding the least stable os won't help. QNX still rules the space. Google it if you want to be educated on the best and most widely used infotainment system to date. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome, except the whole Chevy part.