DETROIT -- General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio.
Buick will include CarPlay as a standard feature on both the LaCrosse and Regal sedans for the start of the 2016 model year this fall, and add Android Auto to those nameplates later in the model year, GM said today.
GMC will offer CarPlay on 2016 Canyon and Sierra pickups and on the Yukon SUV. Android Auto will be offered on some Sierra models at the start of the model year and rolled out later on all Sierras, as well as the Canyon and Yukon.
GM is the first automaker to offer both smartphone-like interfaces, and the first to roll out either across a broad range of vehicles. GM said last month that it will have the systems on more than a dozen Chevrolets for the 2016 model year.
The telematics systems give drivers the ability to control maps, text messaging, music and other smartphone features and applications through a vehicle’s center-stack display.
In the Buicks and GMCs, the systems will connect through the brands' IntelliLink infotainment system, which is featured on an 8-inch color touchscreen in the center stack. It will be included at no extra charge with any vehicle that has the touchscreen, all trim levels except base models.
When the driver plugs a smartphone into one of the vehicle’s USB ports, the IntelliLink interface will temporarily give way to a version of the Android or iPhone screen, with familiar icons for phone, maps, music and other features and apps.
The interfaces will include only functions that GM and the tech companies have deemed safe for use in the car. Most are controlled through voice commands, while some can be accessed by using the touchscreen.
The systems offer drivers "a smart and simple way to have all the conveniences of their mobile devices safely at their fingertips,” Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick and GMC, said in a statement.
GM said earlier this month that Cadillac will offer CarPlay at the start of the 2016 model year on all nameplates but the SRX crossover. Android Auto will be added to all other Cadillac models later in the '16 model year.