• CES
  • Jan 10, 2012
We got our first taste of Chevrolet's new entry-level version of MyLink at CES, and for being a pre-production unit that's not due to arrive in showrooms until later this year, we're throughly impressed.

The system uses a seven-inch resistive touchscreen to display the basics – audio, telephone and settings – along with a photo/video viewer (only functional when the car is stationary) and an app launcher.

The only two apps currently available are Pandora and Stitcher, but there's a lot of space to fill on that screen and the reps we spoke to made it clear that they're in talks with other third-party developers.

What impressed the most was both the responsiveness – something other automakers have been combating for some time – and the overall design, which is clean, clear and straight-forward (and how can you go wrong with Helvetica Neue?). It's everything we want in a touchscreen interface and nothing more.

Well, almost.

There's no embedded navigation system, so you'll be relying on OnStar to provide directions. That said, turn-by-turn guidance will be ported through the head unit, so it's better than dealing with arrows on a tiny screen nestled between the gauges. And what about voice control? For Android devices, Chevy is leveraging the built in voice search functionality. For the iPhone... not much, yet. But for a system that's aimed at subcompacts and with a price point that's sure to be more than palatable, you can't have the world. And aside from the Sync-equipped Ford Fiesta, there's nothing out there that even begins to compete. Check out the demo after the jump for more.



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      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would stop putting Pandora on all of these web-enabled devices. You tell it what you want to listen to, and it plays something different instead. Do people actually like Pandora, or are they putting it into everything for no good reason?
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        I agree. The only people who think Pandora is great are people who have no idea what internet radio has to offer, or put another way, these people think that Pandora (or Spotify) IS "internet radio". There's a whole universe of free, extemely genre-specific streaming radio options out there, as well as the fact that most terrestrial stations around the world also stream for free.
      JaredN
      • 2 Years Ago
      OnStar for nav is just lame.
        Summer09
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JaredN
        How so, I can hit the OnStar button and say "give me directions to the nearest Bank/Gas Station/etc" and OnStar will download that info to my Trucks Nav in seconds and off I go.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Summer09
          How so?? Here's how: You have to pay "a lot", and forever to use OnStar; whereas, Nav is better for many reasons, particularly the fact that it's not dependent on cell signals to work, and of course that it's visual.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      You get what you pay for, which on this case is clearly "not much".
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Responsiveness? My old-school stereo with buttons & knobs has absolutely no 'responsiveness' issues, and it does everything I want it to do. It never needs to reboot; it's ready to go the instant the key is turned; it never gets confused; and I can use it just by feel. These touch screens are a 'high tech' way to pay more to get less.