2016 Chevrolet Cruze To Feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Cruze To Feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay


DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact car will be one of 14 Chevrolet models to feature Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as the GM brand makes major inroads into the in-vehicle connectivity demanded by many car shoppers.

The Cruze, Chevrolet's best-selling passenger car, debuts on June 24.

The other 2016 Chevrolet models that will offer the systems include the Chevrolet Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Colorado, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt.

GM spokeswoman Afaf Farah told Edmunds the new systems are offered at no additional cost to consumers.

GM said it will be the first auto brand to offer buyers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and will offer them in more models than any other automotive brand.

Hyundai on Tuesday rolled out Android Auto on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

Android's Web site notes that the system is "coming soon" to a long list of brands, including Acura, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen.

The systems incorporate the familiarity of smartphones via dashboard displays. They allow drivers to control maps, music, text messaging and other smartphone features and apps.

Limiting distracted driving is a main benefit of the systems. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel.

Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. GM notes that data plan rates may apply.

"For most of us, our smartphones are essential," said Mary Barra, GM CEO in a statement. "Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that's important to our customers."

Edmunds says: These intuitive systems are coming soon to Chevrolet vehicles — and lots of others.

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