General Motors has confirmed that it plans to do away with support for Apple’s CarPlay, choosing instead to go all-in on a Google-based solution.
The news comes after GM found itself one of the few companies to really get behind Apple’s in-car entertainment offering.
CarPlay allows drivers to connect their iPhone to their car, effectively putting a big touch-based iOS interface on the in-car display. But GM says that it’s now changing tact and doesn’t want to design its interface and in-car experience around people having an iPhone.
“We have a lot of new driver assistance features coming that are more tightly coupled with navigation,” Mike Hichme, executive director of digital cockpit experience told Reuters. “We don’t want to design these features in a way that are dependent on person having a cellphone.”
This move only applies to GM’s new electric vehicles and will begin with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer. Those who buy future GM internal combustion engine cars will be able to use CarPlay, but those cars are not long for this world with GM aiming to phase them out by 2035. When GM is all-electric, CarPlay will be gone.
Instead, GM says it’s going to use a Google system that it’s been working since 2019. GM’s systems will more tightly integrate with Google’s services, although there will eventually be a subscription cost for that. The software will be free for eight years, with other apps from the likes of Spotify and Audible included.
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