The software will be made available for the eight inch MyLink radios from March 2016.
Chevrolet will now be offering Android Auto compatibility through a software update to its US consumers. This offer will be made available for select 2016 model year vehicles equipped with an eight inch MyLink system. The update will be available from March 2016 through Chevrolet dealers.
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Chevrolet is also offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more 2016 models. There are 14 Chevrolet models. This includes vehicles which range from the most affordable car, the all-new 2016 Spark, to the company’s highest performance car, the Corvette Z06.
Alan Batey, President GM North America and Global Chevrolet explained how this was achieved. He stated that all this has been achieved due to the hard work of Chevrolet’s engineering team. He also revealed that they are working with their dealers to make the software update as quick as possible.
“Thanks to the hard work and determination of our engineering team, Chevrolet consumers who use Android phones will not have to compromise when choosing which MyLink system meets their needs – both the seven-inch and eight-inch systems will offer Android Auto capability,” said Alan Batey, president GM North America and Global Chevrolet.
“We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners.”
When it comes to broad availability of customer innovation Chevrolet has a strong track record. Chevrolet was the first to introduce Siri Eyes Free functionality. It is also the first car company to offer available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. In less than a year the company has connected more than a half million customers to 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
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Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher. Apple CarPlay on the other hand requires an iPhone 5 or later. The user interfaces are designed and developed by Apple for CarPlay and Google for Android Auto.