Chevrolet MyLink Hopes to Take Media Personalization to New Level - VIDEO ENHANCED
Smart interface design allows drivers to take advantage of mobile communications technology while the phone remains safely stowed
DETROIT - March 26, 2011: In-vehicle entertainment and information systems, better known as 'infotainment,' is the biggest growing trend in the auto industry. In many cases, access to phones, PDAs, music and maps is becoming more important to car buyers then what's under the hood.
As seen recently on The Engadget Show, Chevy MyLink plans to take media personalization to a new level with a series of high-tech features. While retaining all the capabilities of standard entertainment units, the system provides an enhanced hands-free voice control system that initiates phones calls and selects music and media from portable MP3 players and smart phones. Drivers can also create customized radio stations using Pandora internet radio and access thousands of audio programming choices. It also features a seven inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate. Chevy MyLink will be available beginning with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox this fall before expanding to other vehicles over the next 18 months.
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Among the new benefits provided by MyLink:
• Enhanced hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance®, which
allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio
stations or media from portable MP3 players and smartphones. A tap of a
button on the steering wheel enables intuitive verbal control of smartphone
applications like “play (artist name)” or “call (name of
contact)” to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on
• Pandora® internet radio allows users to create personalized radio stations based on favorite artists or genres and Stitcher SmartRadio® enables access to thousands of audio programming choices allowing customers to build a personalized listening experience. MyLink integrates control of both of these apps for a driver directed listening experience.
• Gracenote®: identifies the music collection on the driver’s smartphone or MP3 player and presents information such artist name, genres and album cover art on the MyLink screen and enables users to select similar music to the tunes they love. Gracenote also improves the accuracy of MyLink’s voice activation system by allowing users to access music using artist nicknames, such as “The Boss,” “G.N.R,” or “The Fab Four” simply by using MyLink’s touch-screen or steering wheel buttons and voice control interfaces.
• Upgraded USB connectivity: While Chevrolet has offered auxiliary device connectivity since 2006, MyLink adds flash memory capability to its USB device connections. This provides users with the ability to access approved applications that will make their MyLink system even more functional, while assuring that driver’s maintain eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
The debut of Chevy MyLink extends the OnStar experience from safety and security to information and entertainment by seamlessly integrating the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving.
When OnStar debuted in 1996, it pioneered in-vehicle connectivity with the auto industry’s first embedded telematics system. It has grown from primarily offering automatic crash notification and security features to include remote vehicle diagnostics, turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to slow down stolen vehicles.
In November 2010, OnStar released a smartphone application for all 2011 Chevy vehicles that incorporated remote start, lock/unlock, and vehicle status checks as well as battery management functions for Volt owners. Volt owners also have the MyVolt.com website to provide those remote management features and other Chevy owners soon will have access to similar web-based OnStar services.
The combination of MyLink and OnStar will soon be joined by the integration of the Powermat® charging system – eliminating the need for charging cords. Chevrolet MyLink will be available beginning with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox this fall before expanding to other vehicles in the Chevy lineup over the next 18 months.