GM To Integrate Google Apps Into Vehicles In 2021

By Noah Long ● September 9, 2019
  • General Motors has announced that it is integrating a number of Google apps into its infotainment system by 2021

According to GM’s research, many customers prefer an embedded technology experience in the vehicle and expect seamless integration between the technology in their hands and the technology in their vehicle. Upon listening to customer feedback, GM decided to work with Google to bring new options for a voice assistant, embedded navigation, and in-vehicle applications to compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles beginning in 2021.

GM was one of the first automakers to use the Android operating system for its infotainment systems for its 2017 model-year vehicles. And the talks for expanding the partnership started about a year ago, according to CNBC.

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And the new partnership will include a whole new system for GM’s infotainment platform starting for the 2022 model-year — which will arrive on dealer lots the year before.

This partnership is not exclusive. And data produced from the platform will be shared between the companies.

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“We are re-envisioning the future in-vehicle customer experience, and this is just the first step. The integration of select Google technology and services into our vehicle infotainment systems will foster a more connected and efficient driving experience,” said General Motors VP of Global Connected Customer Experience Santiago Chamorro. “We will continue to offer our own unique infotainment features that only GM can deliver, such as service recommendations, vehicle health status, in-vehicle commerce and more, with the Google applications and services complementing our offerings.”

The future GM infotainment systems will continue to be powered by Android, which enables the company to bring familiar and enhanced experiences from Google to the vehicle. Google Assistant will be built-in so drivers can get things done hands-free using their voice such as making phone calls, sending text messages, playing a radio station or podcast, changing the temperature in the vehicle, or closing the garage door (requires compatible smart home devices).

Google Assistant will also continue to evolve over time so drivers can use their voice to engage with their vehicle, which may include renewing their OnStar or Connected Services plans, checking tire pressure, and scheduling service.

Google Maps in the infotainment system will constantly up-to-date and helps drivers navigate with real-time traffic information, automatic re-routing, and lane guidance. And with the Assistant, drivers can use voice to navigate home, share their ETA, find the nearest gas station and EV charging stations or ask about a store’s hours without needing a phone.

Plus the Google Play Store lets drivers find their favorite apps and services designed specifically for in-vehicle use. And drivers can listen to the same albums, podcasts and audiobooks in the vehicle as at home and stay connected with their most important contacts on communication apps.

“GM is a trailblazer with Android in automotive and a leader in vehicle connectivity,” added Patrick Brady, Google VP of Engineering – Android. “We’re incredibly excited to work with them to transform the way people consume media, stay in touch, navigate and access information on the go.”

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