Seeking to further leverage the in-car connectivity capabilities of its OnStar telematics system, GM's largest division has announced that it will offer new Chevrolet MyLink technology on the 2012 Volt and Equinox models with more from that division -- and we suspect others in the GM fold -- to follow during the next 18 months. Intent on grabbing its share of active infotainment limelight as it battles with Ford's benchmark SYNC system, Chevrolet MyLink expands on the capabilities of the owner's Bluetooth-paired smartphone to offer enhanced hands-free voice control over a number of downloadable apps, including Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher Smart Radio at introduction time.
The Chevrolet MyLink package features a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display. Its powered-by-Nuance voice control uses simple, natural commands to handle both phone and audio tasks at the push of a button on the steering wheel. The system also includes Gracenote music ID and brings upgraded USB functionality that adds flash memory capability. Along with this new MyLink/OnStar combo, GM plans to offer an integrated Powermat inductive charging system which will eliminate the need for any supplemental power cords. No word yet on pricing for the Chevrolet MyLink package.