Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are smartphone-based platforms that will make it easier and safer to use your smartphone in your car — specifically, by giving you more voice commands and allowing you to access smartphone apps and functions using in-car infotainment systems. On the smartphone side, you’ll need an iPhone 5 or newer or an Android device running 5.0 Lollipop to use the platforms, but on the car side, it’s on the auto manufacturers to pave the way for CarPlay and Android Auto to be used in their cars. From the sounds of it, no one’s making a bigger push than Chevrolet.
Today, Chevrolet announced that CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will come to 14 2016 models featuring Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. Those models are Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe, and Suburban. The timing of CarPlay and Android Auto integration will depend on the size of the infotainment system. For models coming with the 7″ MyLink system, Android Auto and CarPlay will be available from day one — that includes Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Silverado, and Silverado HD. If you spring for the 8″ system, which is available on all listed models except for Spark, you can expect CarPlay compatibility from day one, with Android Auto compatibility still in development and slated to be ready later this year or in early 2016.
The 14 models getting CarPlay and Android Auto support make up a little over half of Chevrolet’s total sales from the previous year. Considering that Chevrolet’s OnStar in-car 4G LTE service now has over 500,000 subscribers, it’s looking like Chevrolet has taken the lead in connected car technology — but there’s no doubt that every other car company is working just as furiously, with infotainment systems and smartphone integration of some sort now virtually standard on leading sedans and family vehicles.