CarPlay and Android Auto coming to some GMC and Buick models
Car manufacturers seem eager to support CarPlay and Android Auto in today's connected, mobile world. GMC and its luxury brand Buick are the next to announce that some models for the 2016 model year will support these dashboard options. The two manufacturers use GM's IntelliLink technology for their interior displays, and it is similar to the MyLink display found in the Chevrolet vehicles that will also support both hands-free options for some of their models.
Regarding GMC, the Yukon, Sierra, and Canyon will all use the 8 inch display featuring CarPlay. Android Auto support is coming, but it will happen later on in the year. An exception is the base model Sierra, which will release with both on a 7 inch display for 2016. Buick is adding support for Apple's CarPlay to the LaCrosse and Regal as well. Similarly, the display size of the IntelliLink will be 8 inches. As with GMC's models, Google's dashboard alternative will come later in the year.
It is so far unclear if the two hands-free solutions will be necessary for a lot of the dashboard features. While Chevrolet outlined which screen size would be more dependent on the connection of a smartphone, GMC and Buick have not mentioned this issue yet. As there are still some people without smartphones, it may be a good idea to include versions of the displays that have all features built-in instead of requiring a smartphone.