Published: September 12, 2014 | United States
General Motors has decided not to move forward with its connected car tech MyLink, a platform allowing developers to build Internet-connected apps for the company’s line of vehicles. GM has decided to leave that development work to Apple and Google.
Since two of the largest tech companies in the world are also building their own connected-car platforms, GM’s decision to kill off MyLink actually makes a lot of sense” MyLink was intended to be a way for GM to bring a variety of third-party services to its 2015 cars, including apps from NPR, map service Glympse, Pandora, Slacker Radio, and others. And the last thing GM wants to do is be the only car company that doesn’t feature deep integration from the iOS/Android devices drivers use every day.
GM was going to use Android Auto and CarPlay in some form to buff up the content in its Chevy MyLink and Cadillac Cue system. But the strategy Chan describes go much further. GM is basically handing over development of any app that isn’t directly tied to the vehicle’s core driving capabilities over to Apple and Google.
Apple is nearly ready to debut its CarPlay service, which will offer apps from third-party companies that have been optimized for the car. Apple already has partnerships in place with several automakers to include the tech in their new vehicles as well as agreements with Alpine and Pioneer to include CarPlay support for their aftermarket in-dash(board) media devices.
Meanwhile Google has built a car-focused version of its Android operating system, Android Auto, for hardware makers to use.
Both CarPlay and Android Auto are likely to be embraced by the developer community and supported by major services like Pandora, NPR, and so many others. Part of this is because developers can add on to pre-existing mobile applications.
Source: Venture Beat