In 2019, General Motors announced that it would adopt Google’s automotive operating system on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. Android Automotive is now available on the Cadillac Lyriq 2023 with a landscape user interface.
Preorders for the Cadillac Lyriq “Debut Edition” electric vehicle opened this afternoon and sold out in 19 minutes. The crossover has a 100.4 kWh battery with an estimated range of over 300 miles, although the EPA has yet to provide its number.
Inside you’ll find a 33-inch LED display that covers both the dashboard and the main unit. It “curves towards the driver on a single continuous screen,” the right half featuring a 5 × 2 icon grid with at least three screens.
The most relevant functions are Google Assistant and the Play Store with non-thematic icons, while you can alternately launch Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some sort of non-centered dock provides key controls, including music and Google Maps, while the lower right corner shows the time and temperature. When the Assistant is activated, a gray bar extends across the bottom of the screen.
It’s no surprise that Cadillac opted for a landscaped display on theLyriq. As such, the Google Maps experience will be quite similar to that of standard Android Auto. This matches the GMC Hummer EV, but it is significantly less scratched (and electronic /Tron). It differs from European brands, like Polestar / Volvo and Renault, which use portrait screens and opt for a more standard tablet experience.
The first deliveries of Cadillac Lyriq with Android Automotive will begin in the second quarter of 2022.
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