Opel has announced today that the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technologies will be available to various models across their range for the 2016 MY.
The first model with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be the new generation Astra, the car that will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
According to Opel, the two software systems will work with R 4.0 IntelliLink on the Karl, Adam and Corsa while the Touch R700/Navi 900 IntelliLink will get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay later in 2016.
Android Auto provides support for various Google services such as Maps, Now, Play Music, as well as other apps like Spotify, Whatsapp, Skype, podcast players and an audio & messaging app ecosystem.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features you’d want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. That allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps.
“Phone integration is a smart and simple way to use your smartphone in your car. 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”, says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.