GM to launch new navigation system

Kalea Hall
The Detroit News

Detroit — General Motors Co. is launching Maps+, a navigation application, upgrading capabilities for select model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, the automaker said Monday. 

On April 30, Maps+, using over-the-air updates, will start to become available on 900,000 vehicles through GM's Connected Services plans — opening up the service to current owners of compatible vehicles without a navigation system. 

"About 900,000 of our customers who do not have navigation built into their vehicles right now, we are now making that available to them ... through over-the-air updates," GM Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl said at Reuters Automotive Retail virtual conference on Monday. "And that is really exciting because when was the last time that you bought a vehicle and all of a sudden it has more functionality than when you purchased it?"

Maps+ comes with Alexa Built-in1 voice control. Drivers can use the system while listening to music or podcasts with the map's integrated audio apps.

The system has a search for drivers to find what they're looking for, from shops to restaurants. It includes speed limit alerts and low fuel recognition, which will route drivers to nearby gas stations. Maps+ is powered by Mapbox, a location platform for hardware and software developers that gives the building blocks for adding live location awareness into vehicles.

Maps+ will be offered on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.