Following the announcement by Chevrolet offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration in select 2016 models, Opel has followed up announcing compatibility of the two third-party solutions to infotainment in the car.
The influx of Opel models to offer Android Auto and CarPlay will begin with the all-new 2016 Opel Astra, set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Opel will then roll out support for the both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay across its mini, small, compact and midsize models during the 2016 model year.
“Phone integration is a smart and simple way to use your smartphone in your car,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “We are offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration across the range, at the most attractive prices on the market. These applications, in addition to Opel OnStar, our personal connectivity and service assistant, show again how we are playing a leading role in enabling customers to connect with their cars.”
Opel’s latest IntelliLink infotainment system will offer support for both Android Auto and CarPlay with a few restrictions. Those models with the R 4.0 version of IntelliLink will be compatible come the 2016 model year, while those with the Navi 900 and Touch R 700 systems will have to wait for Android Auto compatibility over the course of 2016.
Each system simplifies the infotainment process, allowing those on team Android or team Apple to mirror essential functions to the vehicle’s touchscreen including the ability to make phone calls, send messages, play music and use navigation. Most essential functions are not available while the vehicle is in motion, and many can be commanded through the voice activation feature found on the steering wheel.