General Motors Co. has announced plans to incorporate Google Voice Assistant, Navigation, and App Ecosystem technology into its vehicle infotainment systems beginning in 2021.
GM says its research shows that many customers prefer an embedded technology experience in the vehicle, and increasingly expect seamless integration between the tech in their hands and the tech in their vehicle.
Based on that customer feedback, GM will work with Google to bring new 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. Broad deployment across all GM vehicle brands is 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 at 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.”
Future GM infotainment systems 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 make the most of their time in the vehicle and 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 will constantly update to help 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 Play Store lets drivers find their favorite apps and services designed specifically for in-vehicle use. Drivers can listen to the same albums, podcasts, and audiobooks in the vehicle as at home and stay connected with their most important contacts on communication apps.
“GM is a trailblazer with Android in automotive and a leader in vehicle connectivity,” says Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Google. “We’re incredibly excited to work with them to transform the way people consume media, stay in touch, navigate, and access information on the go.”