Certain Buick and GMC models sold in the U.S. and Canada will be getting an upscale version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment connectivity system. This year, GM is introducing the IntelliLink system in the Buick Regal, Verano and LaCrosse.
The 2012 Terrain is the first GMC model to receive the system. Micky Bly, GM’s executive director of global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, said that IntelliLink will debut on the Regal, LaCrosse and Terrain, in late summer or early fall. He didn’t say when the system will be launched on the Verano.
With the IntelliLink, motorists are able to link their smart phone and its functions like texting, calls, music or navigation to the vehicle’s voice recognition software, sound system and navigation screen.
Because of this system, motorists can choose new applications online and continue to update their software. IntelliLink makes use of the same technological building elements as MyLink, which is set to debut in the Chevrolet Equinox and Volt this fall and in the Malibu in early 2012.
Both systems use the operating system from QNX Software Systems Co. They also share a voice recognition program from Nuance Communications Inc.
These two systems will feature “starter” apps like the Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher, which is an app that enables users to create customized radio stations where their favorite podcasts can be played.
To differentiate Buick and GMC from Chevrolet, these two brands will receive a bigger seven- or eight-inch console screen and customers can get to choose from an improved range of apps.
Powered by Nuance, this voice control system is hand-free and allows the use of even simple voice commands in order to start a phone call. Voice commands can be used as well to choose radio stations or even media sourced from smartphones or portable MP3 players.
A button is placed on the steering wheel and with a press allows for verbal control of a number of radio features. To play a tune, all one needs to do is say “play” and then state the name of the artist. To contact someone, just press the button and say the word “call” followed by the name of the contact.
Finally, when connected to a smartphone, just say “tune” and then the name of the internet radio or the name of the station. For those who have the Stitcher SmartRadio and the PANDORA internet radio, users can personalize and make their own radio station using their preferred genres or artists.
With this, users can also retrieve more than thousands of audio programming choices and this creates their very own customized listening experience. With the IntelliLink, control of these two apps is integrated resulting in a more driver-directed listening experience. Another app is the Gracenote which helps identify the music collection inside a MP3 player, USB device, or smartphone.
Once that is done, the app then displays a number of information on the IntelliLink screen that includes the name of the artist, the genre, and even the cover art of the album. This allows the users to choose music that is similar to what they love. In addition, Gracenote manages to improve the accuracy of the voice activation system by IntelliLink. The user can access the desired music by simply stating the nickname of the artists like “Snoop”, “The Boss”, or even “The Stones”. The voice control interface of IntelliLink can be accessed by simply using the touch screen or the buttons on the steering wheel.
USB connectivity has been upgraded and it now has the ability to directly play any music files from any flash memory device. This also allows customers to easily update their IntelliLink when feature improvements are available. While the GMC IntelliLink continues to have the capability present in many of the current entertainment units, it also adds to the already comprehensive list of the available and standard features of the Terrian.
An example of this technology is the rear-vision camera that enables one to look at objects or people who are behind the vehicle. There is also the power liftgate that can be programmed and set to open to a much lower height. This allows it to clear any garage obstructions or even make it easy to reach especially for those who have shorter stature. With the remote vehicle start, it is possible to immediately cool down the Terrain during a hot afternoon in August or even heat it on a January morning. The XM Satellite Radio, which comes equipped as standard, offers coast-to-coast music. USB audio connectivity is offered as a standard as well as MP3 playback for any portable music player.
All that needs to be done is to plug it in and then control the features straight from the radio. There are also controls placed on the steering wheel. This is also true for any USB thumb drive or any USB enabled storage devices. Finally another technology is the GMC IntelliLink, whose design has clearly been inspired from the easy-to-use and intuitive interfaces seen on many standard consumer electronics today.
Looking at the home page, it is clear where the influence is from especially with the application icons that immediately animate when it is activated. The technical and structured graphics of the touch screen and the grey-and-red color combination bring to mind the professional grade personality the brand is known for. These also add to the bold exterior style of the Terrain.