Apple CarPlay Coming To 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Possibly Android Auto Too

JUN 23 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Apple Car Play In 2016 Cruze

Apple Car Play In 2016 Cruze

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is one of 14 Chevrolet models that will offer Apple CarPlay (and possibly even Android Auto).

When it launches, the 2016 Volt will get Apple Carplay, but Android Auto may or may not be offered:

Chevrolet’s seven-inch MyLink infotainment system gives owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The eight-inch version of MyLink will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year.

Here’s the chart showing Chevrolet models with 7-inch and 8-inch screens:

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Press release below:

Chevrolet is Global Leader for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
All-new 2016 Cruze is one of 14 Chevrolet models to offer compatibility

LOS ANGELES – According to Strategy Analytics, there are more than 2.3 billion smartphones in use globally, and that number continues to rise. And on the road, customers are demanding better integration between phones and their vehicles. Whether they have an Apple or Android phone, Chevrolet is committed to providing the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible to owners across the globe.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more models than any automotive brand. The 14 Chevrolet models include the all-new 2016 Cruze compact car, which will debut on June 24. Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling passenger car, with more than 3 million sold since launch. Additional models are listed in a chart below.

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”

Android Auto In 2016 Spark

Android Auto In 2016 Spark

Chevrolet’s seven-inch MyLink infotainment system gives owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The eight-inch version of MyLink will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year.

Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at Android.com/auto.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features you’d want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. That allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.

Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Chevrolet has a strong track record when it comes to broad availability of customer-centric innovation as the first brand to introduce Siri Eyes Free functionality and the first and only car company to offer available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity across a range of cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and Canada. In less than one year, Chevrolet has connected more than a half-million customers to high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

Chevrolet customers in markets around the world including Brazil, Mexico and Canada will benefit from this new level of smartphone integration. Specific market availability for Android Auto can be found here. Current Apple CarPlay markets can be found here.

In 2014, the 14 models included in this rollout accounted for more than 2.4 million vehicle sales, or 51 percent of Chevrolet’s total global sales.

Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

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17 Comments on "Apple CarPlay Coming To 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Possibly Android Auto Too"

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tedfredrick
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tedfredrick

Can’t wait. The sync in my Focus won’t and I am thinking of the Volt.

Steve
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Steve

Not sure why they would focus on one sort of phone OS. The owners of other phones would see that focus as a negative!!!

John Hansen
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John Hansen

Eh, the majority of Android owners have Android because they wanted a free phone, and they either don’t care that it’s not compatible with most things, or they’re just used to it. The vocal minority who would make a big stink about it are high school or college students who can’t afford a new car anyways.

philip d
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philip d

I have a Galaxy 4 and I’m not a college student and I own a Volt and will be getting the new Volt this November.

Why would you think I wouldn’t care if it’s compatible? I sometimes use Waze and I also use Google maps now that it uses Waze to redirect and update according to traffic patterns.

Currently I’m always having to pick my phone up and hold it up near the steering wheel while I’m driving. I hate using the built in nav software in cars because they all suck in comparison to Google maps or Waze. I would love to have that information mirrored on the 8″ screen.

And yes I think the over 50% (not a minority) of smart phone owners who use Android should make a stink about it.

“Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in January with 53.2 percent market share (up 0.9 percentage points from October), followed by Apple with 41.3 percent, Microsoft with 3.6 percent (up 0.1 percentage points), BlackBerry with 1.8 percent and Symbian with 0.1 percent.”

Open-Mind
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Open-Mind

For navigation, consider getting one of these:

http://www.iottie.com/Product/Detail/955/iOttie+Easy+One+Touch+Universal+Car+Mount+Holder+for+iPhone+5s,5c,4S+Smartphone

It’s cheap and works great with any kind of smart phone. I mount mine on the dash to my left. IMHO, that’s better than in-dash displays since you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to glance at it.

philip d
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philip d

True. I’d like a HUD that I can toggle on and off from the steering wheel.

Open-Mind
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Open-Mind

These are probably the reasons that GM chose to support iPhones first:

1) It is easier and faster to write software for an iPhone, since there are fewer hardware variations and OS versions to test against.

2) Software like this probably requires fairly high-end phone hardware running a recent version of its OS. When you compare just that segment of phones, Apple has the largest market share.

3) GM probably only has one development team for this. So they have to work on one platform first, then focus on the next one.

Adam
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Adam

Wrong, what a ridiculous idea. Older model year iPhones are just as cheap as lower end android phone, to the point of being free. Higher end phones that often sell almost as well as iphones are just as expensive, or more so, such as the S6, Note. People don’t buy these phones because they are cheap, they buy them because they like the style or OS better, or they just have better hardware (sorry, the S6 camera and display is noticeably better). Most of the people I work with in IT have android phones, higher end usually, they generally like gadgets and tech, and they can certainly afford a new car.

mhamilton
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mhamilton

One reason I hate apple is because they are so arrogant. They don’t really have anything special in the market ag least long term. They are also way overpriced.

Gsned57
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Gsned57

I always felt the same but their stuff just works and works well.

ClarksonCote
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ClarksonCote

It used to, but lately I am getting more and more disappointed with crashes and other bugs that used to never exist on iDevices

Open-Mind
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Open-Mind

Such issues might be hardware-dependent, since my iPhone mostly works fine. Hopefully these issues will be resolved soon, since Apple is focusing on speed and stability for their next OS update:

http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/09/apples-ios-9-to-have-huge-stability-and-optimization-focus-after-years-of-feature-additions/

Chris B
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Chris B

The real question regarding Android Auto for 2016 cars is “will it be a free retrofit?”. It would stink to get an early 2016 Volt with Apple’s Carplay only to see a midyear Android Auto introduction that wasn’t able to be retrofitted (i.e. see “MyLink” from gen 1.0 Volt as a comparison).

Jim Bo
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Jim Bo

+1.

Mark C
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Mark C

I hate to show my age and lack of caring about the latest in fashion phones. I read the standard equipment and options available on the Volt after it was posted & a CD player wasn’t available. So, for me, I can have a seriously overpriced FM stereo with probably a lot of never to be used other features. Sigh…..

I’m sure some cheapo company will come out with some way to get a CD to play in the car, kind of like the old MP3 adapters that went over the FM part of the stereo. Or, I can buy something else?

Ziv
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Ziv

Mark, buy a 16Gb reduced profile Sandisk thumb drive for $15 and load 100 cds onto it and leave the cds at home. That usb port is really better than a cd player. Well, if you like to do shuffle on the song list it is.

Ziv
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Ziv

I saw this screen in January at the DC Autoshow and several people named it the “jelly bean screen” for the colorful icons. I didn’t have time to scroll through it but just about anything would be an improvement over the Gen I screen.