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GM Transitioning to Android-Based Infotainment Systems

GM Transitioning to Android-Based Infotainment Systems

In-car connectivity is a prerequisite for vehicles today, something automakers like General Motors know all too well. Eyeing a seamless customer experience, GM is showing off its next-generation infotainment system, which will be based on Google Android.

The company has confirmed its next-generation system will be Android-based and feature many Google services, including Google Assistant. GM says the new infotainment system will start appearing on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models during the 2021 model year.

Highlighting the new system will be voice controls powered by Google Assistant. Drivers will be able to ask Assistant to change the radio channel, cabin temperature and other commands similar to today’s systems. Drivers will also be able to have Assistant control non-vehicle systems from the infotainment system, such as the lights in their home.

Along with Assistant, GM’s new infotainment system will feature Google Maps for navigation. The company says Maps is always up to date and can provide lane guidance that current systems cannot.

“The integration of select Google technology and services into our vehicle infotainment systems will foster a more connected and efficient driving experience,” said GM’s vice president for the Global Connected Customer Experience, Santiago Chamorro.

“We will continue to offer our own unique infotainment features … such as service recommendations, vehicle health status, in-vehicle commerce and more, with the Google applications and services complementing our offerings,” Chamorro added.



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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. donmateo
    Honestly I don't want this stuff in my house or car, so not having a choice is a deal killer.
    I loathe the idea of being forced to have an Alexa...
    Won't that require a constant cell connection to work? I'm pretty sure that Assistant pulls from Google services to do natural language processing -- it's not all on your device. And, while Maps does have an offline mode, what makes it great is real-time traffic alerts and routing, which does require a constant connection. So ... how much will that cost to have another cell contract? People love Android Auto/Apple Carplay as it taps into the device they are already paying to have connected.
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