DETROIT — GM is continuing its march toward total automotive connectivity in its brands with the announcement that Apple CarPlay will be available on the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and the 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra and Yukon.
This comes on the heels of the announcement, previously reported by Edmunds, that CarPlay will be available on 14 Chevrolet models for 2016, including the all-new Camaro, Cruze, Malibu, Spark and Volt.
In addition to CarPlay, some GM vehicles, such as the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and GMC Sierra, will also offer Android Auto at launch, while on other models the Android system will be added later in the year.
CarPlay places many iPhone features on a vehicle's in-dash display, allowing users to send and receive messages and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Functions include phone, messaging, maps, music and a variety of third-party apps.
Similarly, Android Auto syncs with smartphones to give vehicle occupants access to such features as Google Maps, Google Now, phone and messaging, as well as numerous compatible apps.
Both CarPlay and Android Auto operate through GM's Bluetooth-enabled IntelliLink infotainment system.
"GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick-GMC sales and marketing, in a statement. "Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it's technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it."
Aldred also noted that "Buick understands the importance of connectivity integration in everyday life and this new connection technology provides drivers with a smart and simple way to have all the conveniences of their mobile devices safely at their fingertips."
Edmunds says: Consumers are coming to expect the increased convenience and safety provided by vehicle connectivity, and GM is responding in a big way.