GMC announced this week that the 2016 Sierra, Yukon, and Canyon will offer Apple CarPlay capability. Google's Android Auto will also be available on select models, first with the Sierra and later with the Yukon and Canyon.
“GMC IntelliLink is making it simple and intuitive for customers to integrate their phone and vehicles for a better in car experience,” said Mike Speranzini, brand director, GMC in Canada. “With existing technology like OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, this new technology is designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it.”
CarPlay allows iPhone users to access various functions and apps through the in-car display. They can make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri.
In the case of Android Auto, built around Google Maps, Google Now, and the ability to talk to Google, users will find a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players.
GMC’s latest infotainment systems include an 8” screen version offered on Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra, which will be compatible only with CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. A 7” screen radio is offered on Sierra base models and will offer CarPlay and Android Auto capability at the beginning of the model year. Android Auto capability is expected to be available on the eight-inch system later in the 2016 model year.
Thanks to OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, CarPlay and Android Auto will help drivers and passengers in the GMC Sierra, Yukon, and Canyon stay connected wherever and whenever they like – with up to seven personal devices. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is turned on and comes with a 3-month/3GB data trial, after which there is an option to purchase additional data.