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.