General Motors' Infotainment Challenge to Tesla With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors (GM) just announced that it will make Google's (GOOGL) Android Auto and Apple's (AAPL) Apple CarPlay standard in all of its cars, starting with 14 Chevrolet models for the 2016 model year. Those cars begin manufacturing this summer. Shortly thereafter, the remaining Chevrolet models and other brands (Cadillac, Buick and GMC) are expected to follow.

So, what does this have to do with Tesla (TSLA)? To put it in practical terms, here is what is means:

Your $13,000 Chevrolet Spark will now have as standard:

  1. 4G LTE.
  2. Android Auto.
  3. Apple CarPlay.

In contrast, your loaded $125,000 Tesla has:

  1. No 4G LTE.
  2. No Android Auto.
  3. No Apple CarPlay.

Why does a cheap car from GM offer options standard that a luxury car does not? It's not like GM is alone in this game -- cars from many other luxury automakers will also offer these options. 

You can see a list of the automakers Apple lists as being in the pipeline for CarPlay here. Here is the equivalent list for Android Auto.

You will see that Toyota (TM), Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are on the Apple list, but not on the Google list. All the other major groups and brands seem to be represented on both lists -- GM, Ford (F), FCA, Mazda, VW Group, Volvo, Nissan, and Hyundai/Kia.

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