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GM reportedly to remove Apple CarPlay, Android Auto for future EVs


Starting with its upcoming Chevrolet Blazer EV, General Motors says it will ditch smartphone mirroring in its electric vehicles  

General Motors (GM) is going against the grain and will remove the ability for car owners to connect their Android or Apple device to their vehicle from next year onwards. 

A report by Reuters has said that GM is shifting away from both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, stating that it will focus more on subscription-based opportunities.

Subscription services are becoming an increasingly common money-making area for modern carmakers (and which is restricted if third-party software is used, such as Android Auto). 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV interior
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV will go without Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

Through by-passing these applications, GM can charge customers for certain features and services through the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. 

The report also said that GM’s chief executive officer Mary Barra is aiming to make up to USD$25 billion (AUD$37.4 billion) in revenue from subscription services alone by 2030. 

However, GM will continue to support Android and Apple phones in its combustion car offerings. 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV front 3/4 track shot
The Chevrolet Blazer EV will be GM’s first car without smartphone mirroring

What will GM use in its vehicles, instead?

GM is reportedly developing a new operating system for its electric vehicles based on Alphabet technology – the company that owns and oversees tech powerhouse Google. 

Buyers of GM electric vehicles will be given access to several programs including Google Maps and Google Assistant at no extra cost for the first eight years of ownership. 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV rear 3/4 track shot
GM EVs will use a Google-based operating system in the future

Future systems will be able to run programs such as Spotify, Audible and other mobile device apps. 

GM has said that owners will still be able to Bluetooth from their mobile phone to the vehicle to listen to music and to make phone calls.

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