General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced at Code Conference today that more than a dozen of its 2016 model cars will include support for Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay feature. Specifically, GM will ship Android Auto in 14 Chevrolet-branded cars being released this year including the $15,000 Chevy Spark. Chevrolet has long been listed by Google as a committed partner to supporting Android Auto as well, but today’s announcement marks the first official word on which models will officially support Android Auto and be available to consumers.
The CEO noted that Chevy is GM’s largest brand, and with support across the 14 Chevy models this year, General Motors will have Android Auto and CarPlay running on over half of its new models with USA Today noting that the “Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Silverado, Impala, Volt, Suburban, Colorado and Tahoe” are among those with Android Auto and CarPlay support planned this year.
Last month, we saw the official Android Auto app hit the Play Store at Pioneer’s aftermarket solutions debuted. Just yesterday, Hyundai released a free software update for its 2015 Sonata customers activating Android Auto support. You can check out our Android Auto versus Apple CarPlay hands-on video here.