Chevrolet introduces MyLink in-car infotainment package for 2012 Volt/Equinox

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 18, 2011

Chevy MyLink, an in-car infotainment package, will be featured on the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox, which will go on sale this year. Consumers will get a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options as well as the unrivaled safety and security of OnStar. These vehicles will be the first to feature the safety and security of OnStar.

This package seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls through Bluetooth device connectivity.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones, on top of the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability that most Chevy vehicles already offer. MyLink also features a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes it easy to navigate through media selection.

MyLink has kept all the capabilities of the current entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs. As Stracke so aptly stated, “These are the essentials and we're building from there."

The introduction of the Chevy MyLink means that the OnStar experience will not be limited to security and safety but will now include entertainment and information. This is because it has succeeded in flawlessly integrating the capabilities of a smartphone to a car allowing hand-held phones to be safely stored while driving. OnStar made its debut back in 1996 and was the forerunner when it came to in-vehicle connectivity as it enabled the auto industry to have the first embedded telematics system.

It initially offered security features and automatic crash notification but now it also has turn-by-turn navigation, remote vehicle diagnostics, and even the capacity to slow down vehicles that have been stolen. It was in November 2010 that OnStar launched a smartphone application particularly for the 2011 Chevy vehicles.

This application offered remote lock/unlock and remote start. For Volt owners, it offers the ability to do vehicle status checks and even battery management functions. With the MyVolt.com website, Volt owners will also be able to access remote management features.

Owners of other Chevy models are slated to have access to web-based OnStar services in the future. This combination of the OnStar and MyLink will also have the Powermat charging system integrated to it soon.

With this, the need to have charging cords will be removed. The Chevrolet MyLink will be available this fall starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and Volt. It will then be expanded to include other models in the Chevy product for the next 18 months.

Press Release

Chevrolet MyLink Creates Smartphones on Wheels

Consumers who seek a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, plus the unmatched safety and security of OnStar need look no further than the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox.

When these vehicles go on sale later this year, they will be the first to offer Chevy MyLink – an in-car infotainment package that builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. MyLink also includes a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate.

"Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity," said Karl Stracke, vice president for Global Product Engineering. "MyLink leverages the mobile broadband capability and the sophisticated, online services made possible by today's smart phones."

MyLink retains all the capabilities of today's entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs. But, Stracke says, "These are the essentials and we're building from there."

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 the road.
  • 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.

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