Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come to Chevrolet's 2016 lineup

Android Auto in 2016 Chevrolets

We're officially one step closer to all having James Bond smart cars.

Chevy announced today that it will integrate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay into 14 new models, ranging from the Chevrolet Volt to the Cruze, in 2016, giving the Detroit-based manufacturer more OS-integrated models than any other automotive brand.

During a demo of the software at an event held in San Francisco, California, representatives from both major OS manufacturers were on hand to show off what a connected, convenient experience driving will become over the course of the next year.

We've covered both systems extensively in the past, and the experience hasn't changed much on Chevy's line of cars, crossovers and trucks: Simply plug in your smartphone via a lightning connector or micro-USB cable and the car's HUD will instantly snap to attention.

Apple CarPlay in 2016 Chevrolets

Usable, but not visual

The major message from both Chevrolet and the two software brands is that they intend to make a highly usable experience without requiring you to look down to see what you're doing.

Both services will open up their APIs to third-party developers (the most notable of which were Spotify and iHeartRadio) with Android Auto even in talks with specific car manufacturers like Chevy to make custom apps.

Both services look and feel better than they ever have, and with a new partner lined up and a deadline of 2016 looming in the distance, the race to mobile supremacy has reached its final leg.

I got a chance to try both services at the event with the help of the on-site staff and put together an Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay video, found below.

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.