The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is rapidly becoming a major stage on which automakers show off their latest and greatest goodies designed to make the lives of drivers easier and more colorful. For Chevrolet, that means it is unveiling a bunch of new smartphone-like technologies for its cars.
A simple idea to keep valet parkers from accessing the car's system
The new Chevy Impala comes with a little bit of James Bond inside. Press a button and - voila! - a secret storage bin large enough to hold valuable items like an MP3 player, mobile phone or wallet is unveiled behind the 8-inch MyLink center infotainment & navigation display. Owners can enter a PIN code and lock Valet Mode's sliding door, securing high-value items like smartphones.
General Motors announced Tuesday that forthcoming Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models will offer Siri integration. Chevy's MyLink infotainment system will work with Apple's virtual personal assistant via Bluetooth connection. Once a compatible iPhone is paired with the car, drivers simply press the voice activation button on the steering wheel to begin interacting with Siri.
Get ready for Siri in your car. Early in 2013, Chevrolet will be the first automaker to roll out Apple's Eyes Free technology, showing up initially in the Spark (in 1LT and 2LT trims) and Sonic (in LTZ and RS versions). Both models also come with six months of OnStar service included for free, which also includes a smartphone app – available for Android, iOS or Blackberry.
Popular Science has named the winners in its Best of What's New awards, the victors coming in the categories of aerospace, automotive, engineering, entertainment, gadgets, green, hardware, health, home, recreation, security and software. The automotive category did not go wanting for lauded advancements:
We're already familiar with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that's slowly making its way across the brand's entire portfolio, but today, we were able to get our first look at the next big feature being added to General Motors' Bowtie tech. First available on the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic, GogoLink is a smartphone-based app that works with the car's touch-screen display to provide a fully functional navigation feature to the MyLink system.
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.
If you're among those waiting for the Volt's price to drop before buying, then today is your day. Well...sort of. GM announced earlier today that they will be shaving $1,005 off the base price of the 2012 Chevy Volt. Of course, there's one small catch.
After 15 years of offering comprehensive safety coverage to General Motors vehicle owners, OnStar will be getting a well-deserved boost in functionality to better take on Ford's Sync and other upstart systems.