The GMC Hummer EV will come standard with Google’s Android Automotive operating system – which essentially embeds various Google-powered services into the dashboard of the electric supertruck. The Android Automotive OS features Google Maps, the Google Play app store and even a voice-activated Google Assistant, which allows the user to control the infotainment system using voice commands.
GMC recently released a video on its YouTube channel showing off the various capabilities of the Android Automotive OS that serves as the backbone of the Hummer EV’s infotainment system. The video demonstrates how the voice control can be used to change the audio track, find a charging station along a pre-set navigation route, or a resume a podcast that the user had playing, for example. The Android Automotive OS works a lot like Android Auto, but instead of projecting information from a user’s smartphone onto the infotainment screen as Android Auto does, the OS is embedded into the GMC Hummer EV’s infotainment screen.
Another advantage of the Android Automotive OS is the ability for it to interact with other Google devices such as Google Home or Nest products. For example, the user could use voice commands to adjust their thermostat or other smart home settings from their vehicle while they are on the road so their house is at the desired temperature when they arrive.
In an announcement last year, General Motors said the decision to go with Google Infotainment Services for the Hummer EV was based on the fact that “many customers prefer an embedded technology experience in the vehicle, and increasingly expect seamless integration between the tech in their hands and the tech in their vehicle.”
The GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will come with a 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch diagonal driver information center display to run its Google-based infotainment system. More information on this innovative operating system should become available between now and the GMC Hummer EV’s arrival later this year, but for now, check out the demonstration video embedded below.