GM Introducing Wireless CarPlay in Select 2021 Vehicles, Including Trailblazer, Yukon, and Bolt

Thursday March 5, 2020 8:15 AM PST by Joe Rossignol

General Motors is introducing wireless CarPlay and Android Auto in several of its 2021 vehicle models, including the Trailblazer, Yukon, Suburban, Tahoe, Escalade, and Bolt, according to Electrek, Torque News, and various tweets.

CarPlay‌ is Apple's in-car platform that enables drivers to access a range of iPhone apps from the dashboard, such as Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Pandora, WhatsApp, and Downcast. Since iOS 12, third-party navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze are also supported.

Wireless CarPlay in 2021 Yukon via Chad Kirchner

Wireless CarPlay works over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for the iPhone to be connected to the infotainment system with a Lightning cable.

Wireless CarPlay is gradually expanding in the auto market. Ford is introducing wireless CarPlay in select 2020 vehicles through its SYNC 4 infotainment system, for example, while the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will feature a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen that supports both wireless CarPlay and wireless Android Auto.

There are also many aftermarket wireless CarPlay receivers available from brands like Alpine and Pioneer for do-it-yourself installation.


General Motors says the 2021 Trailblazer will go on sale in spring 2020, while most other 2021 models will be available later in the year.

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4 weeks ago
any car made in the last 5 years could probably run this if car manufacturers were nice and gave us firmware updates... I know my 2017 civic has wifi and bluetooth...
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4 weeks ago


This is nice, but I don’t really mind the wired CarPlay ability as I like to keep my phone charged. I just wish they made more of an effort of putting the CarPlay usb in a more hidden location so there isn’t always the cable out in the open.

If the car has wireless phone charging then wireless CarPlay makes a lot of sense.
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4 weeks ago
This is a textbook example of why GM is doomed. The 2021 Cadillacs are here, and there's no mention of wireless Carplay/AA to be found. Why in god's name would an automaker think customers who would pay nearly twice as much for a car would even *tolerate* having fewer features than the mass-market version?
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4 weeks ago
The question is why car makers didn’t do this in the first place. I guess they employ the same engineers I worked with at DuPont years ago—couldn’t run a photocopy machine but wanted you to believe they could bioengineer drugs.
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4 weeks ago
Better late than never, can it be retrofit into a 2019 Blazer RS via firmware software updates?!
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