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Ben Hinc

Reading Between the Lines — March 31, 2023

Reading Between the Lines


General Motors (GM.N) plans to phase out widely-used Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies that allow drivers to bypass a vehicle’s infotainment systems, shifting instead to built-in infotainment systems developed with Google for future electric vehicles.


GM’s decision to stop offering those systems in future electric vehicles, starting with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer, could help the automaker capture more data on how consumers drive and charge EVs.


The automaker is accelerating a strategy for its EVs to be platforms for digital subscription services.

A surface-level reading of this article instantly riles up any frequent user of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. For many, the first thing they do when getting in their vehicle is plugging their phone in. For those fortunate enough to have wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, it just happens, as is the case for some GM vehicles. Perhaps it takes someone who doesn’t use either smartphone projection technology to dig a little deeper.

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