Adding a Spark to Connected Cars

9/11/2012

Consumers looking to add in-vehicle connectivity to their cars have more options than ever, as major automakers seem to be in a race to bring the best connected features to the vehicle. One new development adds more options for entertainment, while also promoting a system that makes it safer to access smartphone-enabled features.

General Motors, www.gm.com, says the Chevrolet Spark’s MyLink Radio feature will get a new smartphone app designed to provide more and better music choices to users. MyLink provides connectivity to select GM vehicles, and the new app, called TuneIn, www.tunein.com, will allow Spark drivers to stream more than 70,000 radio stations to their cars.

The app should be available early next year, and GM says users will have the ability to listen to music from around the world through TuneIn. The service is accessed through the MyLink Radio, which connects to the user’s smartphone through Bluetooth, plug-in outlet, or USB. Once the free TuneIn app has been downloaded to the phone, users can choose from options projected onto a 7-inch color touchscreen.


MyLink adds safety features as well, such as hands-free calling through Bluetooth, as well as the ability to view photos or video when the vehicle is in park.

Enhanced connectivity has captured car buyers’ imaginations, but they’ve also shown they want safety first and foremost. Systems that marry both entertainment and safety are what automakers will continue to focus on going forward.

In fact, Connected World magazine was able to get an exclusive test drive of the Spark. Check back to the Website shortly for some exclusive commentary from the Connected World editors as to how the Spark stacks up in the in-vehicle connectivity market.





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