GM Is Removing Apple CarPlay From Their EVs

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2023 Chevrolet Bolt electric car. Image obtained with thanks from Chevrolet.

General Motors (GM) intends to remove Apple CarPlay from their electric vehicles starting in 2024. They will replace it with a proprietary system developed by GM with the help of Google. The Chevrolet Bolt will be their first vehicle to have this change implemented.

Many modern vehicles are equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so that customers can mirror the contents of their phones on their car’s infotainment systems. Customers use this to play music, make phone calls, send text messages, and more from their cars’ infotainment systems without having to hold their phones while driving.

A great deal of the customer’s personal information passes through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay from their phone, including their contacts, playlists, call logs, and much more. The new proprietary implementation would likely give GM the ability to intercept that personal data — unless Google blocks them from doing so (which isn’t likely). Apple, on the other hand restricts the transfer of customer data to minimize data collection.

However, the reason that GM stated for the proprietary implementation is the need for greater integration in their infotainment systems to aid the implementation of new features. Take that as you will. The decision is likely to severely compromise the functionality of iPhones on GM infotainment systems, if there is any functionality.