General Motors will be using Google Software for its embedded infotainment systems starting in 2021. This is in contrast to the Amazon Alexa capability found in some new Ford vehicles starting this year.
The systems from GM will offer Google assistant, Google Maps, and certain other applications that are available in the Google Play app store in all of its brands except those in China.
GM and other automakers have resisted demands by consumers for this type of software built in out of a fear of losing control of data and the possibility that the Silicon Valley brands eclipse their own. Consumer demand has forced the manufacturers’ hands however.
Google will not have access to any of the data regarding driving style or vehicle maintenance needs, so consumers need not fear tracking or monetization by Google based on vehicular data.
Through Google Assistant, GM hopes to offer additional services such as scheduling service appointments. Some of the services Google Assistant supplies are duplicates of offerings by GM’s own OnStar service. However, OnStar still is able to respond to an accident whereas Google Assistant cannot. Furthermore, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will continue to be offered.
Expect the Google Assistant packages to be an additional cost item, and prices will be released closer to launch date. The agreement with Google allows for the installation in up to 3.6 million vehicles annually, the number of vehicles sold outside of China last year.
Other manufacturers using Google’s systems are Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Volvo.
Ouch, glad the Van was able to get fixed...
My sis-in-law has an 2018 and they love theirs too. Fits the big family in there! Got a chance to drive it a bit down I-75 and the handles the best I have seen in a van... (helps I grew up with them I guess)
Still has me thinking about one......
Believe it or not- I have heard good things about those tires. Nankangs seem to have always been popular with the tuner crowd- but I have a few car friends with those too! They handle well, but the only downside is the tread life- but for the price it tends to work better....
Man, and my wife thought I was crazy for looking for a car for my 12 year old! Very nice car....love the color too...
Thanks to me finally working on my cars again, it has started interesting my kid. He is tech crazy, but loves to take things apart . Perfect hobby for him...
Enjoy this!!! 🙂
I would have never thought that until it went FWD. Thank you. So, even when RWD, it was an X body. I vaguely remember all the FWDs GMs on this chassis had 2.5L Iron Dukes and the rudimentary 2.8 V6s, if I'm not mistaken. Neither engine was in it for the long haul, with each plagued by expensive issues after time.
What a difference a year could make. If you got the '77 model with a 231 c.i., you got an "odd firing" one. If you got next year's model, you got an "even firing" one. I have no idea what the longevity of carbureted 231 c.i. engines of that decade was. I had one in the '80s and it surpassed 170,000 miles, only coughing up a timing chain along the way. With it being a non-interference engine, the valvetrain suffered no damage.