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Chevrolet continues to move forward with new technology as its first 2016 cars featuring Apple’s CarPlay have started rolling off the assembly line this month.
And that history-making vehicle was none other than a silver Corvette Z06, featured in photos shared by GM with TechCrunch.
The Corvette joins some pretty exclusive company with CarPlay as the Ferrari FF was the first to feature the Apple system. (The system was available, however, to aftermarket customers through Alpine and Pioneer.)
If you have an iPhone, you’ll be instantly familiar with CarPlay, which has square icons identical to your phone screen and offers support for many of the same apps. Integration with Siri also allows owners to talk to their car and perform similar functions of the digital assistant.
Once connected, the infotainment screen on the dash becomes a touchscreen where you can interact with your phone.
When Chevy announced CarPlay in May, it said its first vehicles would not include an upcoming iOS 9 feature — wireless CarPlay support. To use the system initially, 2016 Chevrolets will require the user to connect their iPhone via a Lightning cable.
iOS 9 also will be more deeply integrated with in-car systems, allowing car knobs to control CarPlay functions, but it hasn’t been announced whether Chevy’s vehicles will take advantage of this upgrade when Apple’s new operating system launches in the fall.
The 2016 Corvette Z06 has a base MSRP of $79,000 and comes equipped with an 8-inch color touchscreen that uses Chevrolet’s MyLink system alongside CarPlay. Several other 2016 Chevys will offer CarPlay, including
- 7-inch Screens: Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Silverado, Silverado HD
- 8-inch Screens: Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe, Suburban.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
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