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Why does this major car company say that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are life-threatening? - AutoReview.nl

For many drivers, it is one of the first actions when they get into the car: connecting their phone to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If it were up to General Motors, that would stop. According to the American group, the apps are far too dangerous.

This is what GM CEO Tim Babbitt said in conversation with MotorTrend. According to Babbitt, the phone mirror programs endanger the safety of drivers. This is because the apps force drivers to use their phones while behind the wheel.

The CEO indicates that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto often crash and have connection problems in General Motors vehicles. As a result, drivers no longer focus their eyes on the road, but are busy with their phones. According to Babbitt, this creates the completely opposite effect than what the programs are intended for. Instead of increasing safety, they create additional danger.

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Passing responsibility

According to General Motors, the problems surrounding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are beyond their control, because they involve services from other parties. According to the American car manufacturer, the responsibility for coming up with solutions for the bugs lies with Apple and Google.

On the other hand, the parent company of ChevroletBuick, GMC and Cadillac nor are we dependent on other companies. That's why it announced earlier this year that it will stop offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in their cars. This message was received very negatively, because the programs are extremely popular among drivers. For this reason, GM felt compelled to further explain why it came to this decision.

Preaching for your own parish

According to Babbitt, drivers would be a lot safer if they did everything via the vehicle's built-in systems, because they would then be less likely to reach for their phone. This way they are less distracted and are safer behind the wheel.

However, this reasoning mainly resembles preaching to one's own parish. Babbitt admits that the theory has not been confirmed by any research. So there is nothing to prove that General Motors is right. Even when using built-in systems, drivers no longer focus their eyes on the road, but the built-in screens draw attention.

In addition, it is not entirely coincidental that General Motors benefits from removing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from their vehicles. Customers are then forced to take out a subscription to be able to use all the options offered by the infotainment system of their cars. And that brings money into the company's coffers.

This post was last modified on December 15, 2023 6:16 am

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