Last week, Chevrolet announced that in 2016, 14 of the company’s car models will offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, making them the first automaker to give customers the choice between both smart phone-powered infotainment systems.
The announcement comes just weeks after Hyundai announced that they would be the first car to integrate Android Auto, and in the wake of several other brands, including Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz, committing to have Apple CarPlay in their 2016 vehicles. However, Chevrolet will (for now) stand alone as the only company to include compatibility features for both systems in its vehicles. While it remains very unlikely they will be the sole company with this option for long, Chevy can take pride in being the first car manufacturer to recognize that the future of infotainment systems should be entrusted to tech giants Apple and Google.
The Chevrolet models that will come with technology from both powerhouse smart phone manufacturers are: Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Silverado, Silverado HD, Impala, Volt, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Tahoe, and Suburban.
Of these cars, the Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Silverado will be equipped with the seven-inch MyLink in-dash touch-screen system, which will come standard with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upgraded, eight-inch MyLink system comes optional on the aforementioned models, as well as standard on the Silverado HD, Impala, Volt, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Tahoe, and Suburban. This system will start the model year with compatibility for only Apple CarPlay, but Chevy has promised that Android Auto compatibility will become a feature on these screens later in the model year.
While many car companies have pledged to include both Apple and Android infotainment systems in their future vehicles, Chevrolet has an early leg up on the competition by having the plans in place to introduce cars with this dual smart phone technology in the next year. We’re sure many other automakers will follow suit shortly, but hey, there is something to be said for being first, after all.
Look for these Chevy models, equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to come to a dealership near you in the near future!