The GMC Hummer EV will come standard with Google’s Android Automotive OS embedded in its 13.4-inch infotainment display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
As first reported by CNET, the Android Automotive OS will give occupants of the GMC Hummer EV direct access to several Google products, including Google Maps and the Google Play app store. The Android Automotive OS is different than Android Auto, which is already standard in most new GM vehicles, as Android Auto simply projects information from the user’s smartphone to the vehicle’s infotainment screen. This operating system, by comparison, is embedded within the GMC Hummer EV’s two digital display screens and serves as the backbone of the entire infotainment system.
The presence of Google Assistant is another advantage of the Android Automotive OS, allowing the user to use voice commands to adjust various vehicle settings like the audio track and volume, navigation route and climate control, among more. The operating system will also be able to interact with various other smart home devices such as a Google Home and various Nest products. The full breadth of the system’s capability won’t be clear until the GMC Hummer EV hits the road later this year, but it’s already clear that this OS will be far more advanced than the IntelliLink system currently found in most GMC vehicles.
In addition to the Android Automotive OS, the GMC Hummer EV’s infotainment system will also run the Unreal Engine from Epic Games – a video game engine that will enable detailed screen graphics and animations. The GMC Hummer EV will be the first production vehicle to utilize the video game-centric Unreal Engine in its digital cockpit display screen and infotainment screen.
The GMC Hummer EV First Edition is set to enter production at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan this fall.