Opel today said it will offer Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity.
Opel will roll-out the telematics systems starting with the next-generation Astra that will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the company said in a statement.
Android Auto and CarPlay be rolled out across the brand's range from the Opel Karl minicar to the midsize Insignia during the 2016 model year.
Opel and its parent, General Motors, are betting on dashboard displays that mimic smartphones to help boost sales. GM said on Wednesday that Chevrolet will offer both Android Auto and CarPlay.
The systems give drivers the ability to control maps, text messaging, music and other smartphone features and applications through a vehicle’s center-stack display.
““We are offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration across the range at the most attractive prices on the market,” Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in the statement. "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.”
Hyundai said Tuesday that it has begun offering Android Auto on its Sonata. Other brands planning to add the system include Ford, Jeep, Audi, Honda and Subaru, according to Android's website.
CarPlay is offered only on two Ferrari models. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are slated to integrate it into their systems eventually, Apple has said. Others are likely to follow.