General Motors just announced the rollout of Maps+, a new app-based navigation system that promises a host of benefits for new and existing GM vehicle owners. The new system is powered by Mapbox.
“We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time,” said General Motors vice president of Global Connected Services, Santiago Chamorro. “We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.”
The new Maps+ system will offer customers a range of features, including quick access to things like favorite locations and local points of interest, search categories for things like coffee, food, fuel, and parking, real-time traffic updates and routing, speed limits and road hazards, and faster route notifications.
Beyond this range of helpful navigation features, the new Maps+ system will also offer access to music and podcasts through a single, simplified interface, plus predictive keyboard entry for searches, built-in Alexa support for voice commands, day and night modes for the map designs, and app projection.
“Our obsession is the driver,” said the CEO of Mapbox, Peter Sirota. “The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption.”
The new Maps+ system will be available on select 2018-model-year-and-newer Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Eligible drivers will notified when their vehicle is available for the Maps+ upgrade, with the rollout set to launch April 30th. In total, 900,000 General Motors vehicles are expected to receive the new Maps+ feature, with the rollout wrapping up by the end of the 2021 calendar year.