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GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon to get Android Auto in March

by Justin King

Google\'s automotive-optimized interface will be available on GM\'s eight-inch infotainment system.

General Motors has detailed rollout plans for Android Auto on 2016 GMC models.

The Canyon, Sierra and Yukon outfitted with available eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment systems will receive the necessary software update sometime in March, following the same schedule recently announced for Chevrolet models.

The system projects an automotive-optimized smartphone interface from the mobile device onto the vehicle's touchscreen, providing access to popular features such as Google Maps, Google Now and streaming music services.

Many features can be controlled via voice commands after pushing a button on the steering wheel, reducing the potential for dangerous distraction.

"Providing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility ushers in a new era of staying connected in a convenient manner," said GM's US VP of Buick and GMC, Duncan Aldred.

Current owners of compatible 2016 GMC pickups and SUVs will be required to visit a service center to receive the Android Auto software update.

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