General Motors has announced it will beginning rolling out new infotainment systems based on the Android mobile operating system from 2021.
By using the Android operating system, GM will be able to offer navigation using a Google Maps app built into the head unit. For cars with internet connectivity this means access to live traffic information and automatic rerouting.
The automaker will also bake Google's Voice Assistant straight into the infotainment system, allowing drivers to use natural voice commands to make phone calls, compose text messages, and change music or podcast tracks.
In-car functions, such as the climate control system, and smart devices, such as internet-connected garage doors or home air conditioners, may also be operated via voice.
The infotainment system will also have access to apps specifically designed for in-car use in the Google Play store.
As part of today's announcement, GM unveiled some concept designs of what its new infotainment interface could look like when used on a widescreen display.
If these concepts are accurate, the General's new system will support multiple apps on screen allowing for navigation and media to be displayed side-by-side.
The design seems to be a mix of older Android icons and a vertical app bar like the one employed by Apple's CarPlay.
A Holden spokesperson told CarAdvice, “Holden welcomes GM’s commitment to stay at the forefront of infotainment technology, and we look forward to the benefits of that investment cascading through our best ever line-up of SUVs and utes as they are refreshed during their life cycle".