General Motors will discontinue the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in future infotainment systems on its upcoming electric vehicles, instead going with a proprietary system developed in collaboration with Google.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow users to mirror their smartphones in a vehicle’s infotainment system, but they don’t allow the automaker to harvest user data, something GM is looking towards with its own in-house system, especially when it comes to charging and driving habits. The automaker has said that GM owners will still be able to make calls and texts through its own system via Bluetooth.
GM’s proprietary system will debut with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, but current owners with vehicles that feature the Apple and Android systems will still be able to use them. Interestingly, GM’s internal combustion vehicles will continue to feature the Apple/Android systems.
GM’s upcoming infotainment system, which has been in development since 2019, is designed to be integrated with other vehicle systems, such as Super Cruise, which are dependent on navigation. The system will also make it easier to incorporate strategies for EV digital subscription services.