GM has announced today that Android Auto will be available in GMC’s 2016 Canyon, Yukon and Sierra, as well as the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal. While Apple’s CarPlay will be available in most models from the start, Android Auto will only be coming to some GMC Sierra models at launch. The rest of the Sierra models and the Yukon and Canyon, as well as the two 2016 cars from Buick, will be getting Android Auto at some point later in the model year.
Both CarPlay and Android Auto will apparently be embedded within GM’s own IntelliLink system:
The features allow customers to use select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface of GMC’s IntelliLink system. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
We took a look at some Pioneer aftermarket systems at CES 2015, and those recently came to market in March alongside the launch of the Android Auto app. Many cars have been announced to be getting Android Auto this year, including 14 Chevy-branded cars, and models from both Ford and Mitsubishi. Toyota, on the other hand, reportedly has “no plans” to offer Android Auto in any of its cars.