General Motors are finally getting on the right track with Android Auto integration in car models that previously supported just Apple CarPlay. If you’re an Android user and have one of 30 U.S car models or 40 global models under the GM umbrella, you will be able to access all your favorite apps hands-free.
Think Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac with Google Maps, Google Now and all the audio and messaging apps you’re usually connected to all day long on your smartphone – WhatsApp, Google Play Music, Spotify, etc. Just by telling your steering wheel what do you want to do, the Android Auto system activates, helping you enjoy an interactive drive safely. The feature can be acquired at your local dealer, with a waiting period of installation of no more than 30 minutes.
Requirements for Android Auto: a phone running Android Lollipop 5.0 or higher and car compatibility with third-party apps. After you check these items, you should have an immediate connection with your smartphone through the IntelliLink screen.
In the next 2 years, Kia is going to join GM in their efforts to “smartify” vehicles while Hyundai has already teased the Elantra, the most budget-friendly car that works with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and is equipped with cool features like rear-view camera, automatic headlights and Bluetooth-enabled entertainment system.