GM to add Google tech to in-vehicle infotainment systems

September 05, 2019 //By Rich Pell
GM to add Google tech to in-vehicle infotainment systems
Automaker General Motors (Detroit, MI) has announced that it plans to introduce new in-vehicle technology to enhance customer experience in its infotainment systems in 2021.

The company says it plans to integrate Google technology in its infotainment systems to make it easier than ever for customers to bring their digital lives into future connected vehicles. The company will work with Google to bring options for a voice assistant, embedded navigation, and in-vehicle applications to compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles in regions around the world beginning in 2021, with broad deployment across all GM vehicle brands expected to roll out in the years following.

"We are re-envisioning the future in-vehicle customer experience, and this is just the first step," says Santiago Chamorro, vice president for Global Connected Customer Experience, GM. "The integration of select Google technology and services into our vehicle infotainment systems will foster a more connected and efficient driving experience. We will continue to offer our own unique infotainment features that only GM can deliver, such as service recommendations, vehicle health status, in-vehicle commerce and more, with the Google applications and services complementing our offerings."

Its future infotainment systems, says the company, will continue to be powered by Android, which enables GM to bring familiar and enhanced experiences from Google to the vehicle:

  • Voice Assistant: With the built-in Google Assistant, drivers can easily get things done hands-free using just their voice. Drivers can use the Assistant to make calls or text a friend, play a favorite radio station or podcast, close the garage door (requires compatible smart home devices) or even change the temperature in the vehicle, all while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
  • Embedded Navigation: Google Maps in the vehicle is constantly up-to-date and helps drivers navigate with real-time traffic information, automatic re-routing and lane guidance. With the Assistant, drivers can use voice to navigate home, share their ETA, find the nearest gas station and EV charging stations (based on availability) or ask about a store's hours without needing a phone.
  • In-Vehicle Applications: The Google

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