Chevrolet’s March 2016 Android Auto Rollout Starts With A Spark, Ends With A Blazing Corvette Z06

The battle for your car’s dashboard is well underway, with Apple and Google lobbying heavily to get their auto platforms into your next car. Earlier this year, Chevrolet opted to include both Apple and Google in its cars going forward, giving customers the benefit of each platform’s full feature set. The company announced progress in that endeavor this week, saying that an Android Auto update is due for many Chevy dashboards by March 2016.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Image credit: Chevrolet

“Thanks to the hard work and determination of our engineering team, Chevrolet consumers who use Android phones will not have to compromise when choosing which MyLink system meets their needs – both the seven-inch and eight-inch systems will offer Android Auto capability,” said Alan Batey, president GM North America. “We are working with our dealers to make the software update as quick and easy as possible to minimize any inconvenience to our owners.”

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available for most Chevrolet 2016 model vehicles, including the ultra-fuel efficient Spark EV, which is expected to get 40MPG. Chevrolet is also putting the entertainment platforms in its high-end models, like the Corvette Z06, which doesn’t get 40MPG but sets our hearts aflutter nonetheless.

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EV Spark Dashboard. Image credit: Chevrolet

If you have a Chevy 2016 model vehicle with a 7-inch or 8-inch MyLink infotainment system, you’ll be able to get the update in March. (Some vehicles won’t be eligible for the update). You may need to visit a dealer to get the update. Once it’s installed, you simply download the related app for your phone and plug it into the car, at which point the vehicle will recognize your phone and enable the Android Auto features. You’ll need a phone with Android Lollipop 5.0 or newer to take advantage of the new platform-specific features.