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.