• Nov 2, 2010
If you own a 2011 General Motors vehicle equipped with OnStar and you also carry an iPhone or Android-based phone, then you are in for a treat. Two new apps have just been released for your smartphones: myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink. OnStar MyLink works with the onboard OnStar system in your car and offers location-based services, such as a GPS parking reminder and vehicle reference material. The MyLink app also features a searchable database of warning lights, dashboard indicator lights and a variety of commonly searched features from the owner's manual.

The myChevrolet app takes things a step further. Working in conjunction with the OnStar app, the myChevrolet application allows you to lock or unlock the doors, start the engine and access a wealth of diagnostic information. The app allows you to see fuel level, remaining oil life and current tire pressure.

These features aren't just for Chevy owners either; the app is available for Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, as well, in the form of myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac. All of the apps are available as a free download from the phone's respective app marketplace. The full details are available in GM's press blast, after the jump.

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myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink Apps Now Available
Free apps for iPhone and Android platforms also available for Buick, GMC and Cadillac combine convenience of smart-phone applications with power of OnStar

2010-10-29

DETROIT – Beginning today, owners of 2011 Chevrolet models can access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smart phones. The myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink applications, available as free downloads, provide drivers with unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles from their Android or Apple iPhone device.

"This is a great example of how we are focusing on smart technologies that address customers' needs," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. "With myChevrolet and Onstar MyLink apps, customers can search their owners' manual, find their parking spot, and even unlock their car – right from their phone."

Features of the apps, also available on Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features.

The location-based services include a parking reminder that allows drivers to save their parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time they have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location. If they return to a flat tire, the driver can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the closest Chevrolet dealership and schedule a service appointment.

Vehicle-specific information is accessible after scanning the vehicle identification number using the smart-phone camera. These features include searchable content for the most-commonly accessed information in the owner's manual, such as directions saving radio presets. The app also provides explanations of warning lights and indicators on the vehicle instrument panel at the touch of a button.

In addition, myChevrolet integrates with the OnStar MyLink app to access exclusive OnStar technologies. Through OnStar's unique connection to the vehicle, owners can send remote vehicle commands such as unlocking or locking the doors, and starting the engine. In addition, owners can access key diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon. The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date health report of their vehicle anytime they need it.

myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink are currently available for download, free of charge, from www.apple.com, or from www.android.com.


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      Michelle Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic post. Here’s a tool that lets you build web and mobile apps fast and without coding! http://www.caspio.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, no really take it away, my sides hurt!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Curious since Saab signed a deal with GM about OnStar if new Saabs sold with OnStar will be supported by this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is the start of a new era of owner and car interaction. If they add more features using Android or iOS to make something like Sync for free, then include the Onstar paid features people will flock to buy these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      myBuick myCadillac myGMC..... kinda like MyFord Touch and myLincoln Touch, in name....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they could have chosen a more unique name for the app. myChevrolet, myBuick and myCadillac reminds me too much of Ford's new Sync platform, MyFord touch and MyLincoln touch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well @#$!!!!...we bought my wife a loaded 2010 Buick Enclave about eleven months ago, and we both use iPhones. Argh!!! Any ideas whether this just a software issue for the '10 models that could be updated for compatibility, or a hardware change that would prevent it from ever working?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ha, well, when i asked if it would work with my 2010 Camaro, onstar replied on twitter saying no. The 2011 cars all have the 9th generation hardware, so its not just software. I dont really see why it wont work anyway, it seems to me it just cuts out the middle man (the onstar rep. who presses the button to send the command). oh well :/ even more to look forward to in the Alpha based camaro when it comes out, and im ready for a younger love.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A cool idea, nonetheless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice if they could make this work on my saturn 2008, but I guess it is just wishful thinking, but one can dream. However, this is a nice feature for 2011 GM models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a 2010 Camaro, and was not impressed when they first announced this and were only making it available to 2011 GM models. That said, I just looked on Onstar's mylink site, and IT now says that support for 2010 models is coming in the new year...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you turn on the heated seats? I hate getting into a car with cold seats in the dead of winter, seems like a no-brainer to me and as far as I know, no car let's you do it remotely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although I do not have heated seats, my 09' Cobalt automatically turns on the rear window defrost when I remote start. ... same principal as the heated seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM's equipped with the OEM remote start will automatically turn on the heated seats when you remotely start the vehicle and it's below a certain exterior temperature. It works quite nicely. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Terrain can be set to turn on the heated seats when you remote start the car.
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