GM is rolling out a new mapping platform while it awaits for it’s deal with Google to launch next year.
Maps+ will be offered along with OnStar memberships and is targeted at drivers whom did not purchase the in-car navigation package when they purchased their vehicles. It will also target drivers whom do not use phone mirroring technologies such as Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
The map data is provided by Mapbox, a competitor to Google, Here and Apple’s mapping efforts. The interface will overlay additional platforms such as Spotify and Alexa to improve the overall experience.
Maps+ will be available to select Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, model years 2018 and newer. GM has signed an agreement with Google for 2022 and newer vehicles and therefore this solution is targeted at vehicles sold between 2018 and 2022.