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Chevrolet Volt to combine OnStar and Google Maps technology [Video]

05/18/2010, 1:22 AM BY MARK KLEIS

General Motors has announced that the Chevrolet Volt will be capable of utilizing special Google-sourced GPS software from an Android cell phone, which will also work in conjunction with GM’s OnStar service. Together, Volt owners will be able to pinpoint the location of their vehicle on their Android, as well as access turn-by-turn navigation directions.

GM had previously announced that Volt owners will be able to utilize special software from their Android phones, but now they have released details about the ability to pinpoint their vehicle’s location, and relate it to their current location should they be outside of their vehicle.

Google’s Android phone will now feature an extra navigation tab for the Volt mobile app program which when accessed will show the location of their Volt on a Google Map, as well as the user’s current location relative to the car. Once the two locations are established, users can get voice-guided directions back to their Volt via the Google Maps program on the Android mobile phone.

Users can also use a voice command to choose a location that they wish to drive to once returning to the Volt, relay it to the car, and have the the directions ready for the driver once the Volt is started.

(More after video)

GM says that the new advanced features will not be available at launch, but will come later for the 2.0 planned upgrade for the Volt mobile app.

At launch, the following features will be available:

· Charge status display – plugged in or not and voltage (120V or 240V)

· Flexibility to “Charge Now” or schedule charge timing

· Display percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges

· Ability to manually set grid-friendly charge mode for off-peak times when electricity rates are lowest

· Send text or email notifications for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge

· Display miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings

· Shows miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime

· Remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-volt-to-combine-onstar-and-google-maps-technology.html

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OnStar taps Google Maps for Chevy Volt navigation

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on May 18th 2010 at 12:50AM

Back in January, General Motors announced that OnStar would release a smartphone app to be used in conjunction with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The app allows owners to keep track of charge status, remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, along with providing diagnostic reports and a host of other features.

Last week, reports surfaced that Google and GM were in talks about implementing the search giant's Android mobile operating system into its vehicles, and while that may still come to fruition, GM's announcement tonight is far less dramatic.

The app that GM demonstrated on Android-powered headsets earlier this year will now be available with a "navigation" tab that ingrates with OnStar to provide turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, along with vehicle location (think: finding your Volt in a parking lot) and allowing users to perform voice searches through their Droid, Incredible or other Android smartphone.

While tapping Google's massive location-aware search is an important inclusion, it's less than revolutionary, particularly when Audi is already beginning to include Google Earth navigation in the 2011 A8. Furthermore, GM says that the new functionality won't be available on the Volt app at launch, but will be rolled out in the 2.0 version of the software. So if you're keeping track, we're talking about a yet-to-be-released feature for a yet-to-be-released car. Make the jump for the full details.

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OnStar Leverages Google technology to Connect Customers to the Chevrolet Volt New features coming for Chevrolet Volt Mobile App

Detroit – OnStar is leveraging the power of Google technology to develop a number of new mobile app features that strengthen Chevrolet's commitment to providing Volt customers with the most connected vehicle experience possible.

The public will get a peek at what OnStar is working on at the Google I/O conference May 19-20 in San Francisco, CA, where OnStar will debut and demonstrate new functionalities they're developing for the Chevrolet Volt mobile application leveraging the AndroidTM platform.

"While OnStar will never lose sight of our core focus on safety and security, this relationship is an example of how we're evolving our leadership position in connected vehicle technology," said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. "What we're talking about today is only the beginning."

A new "navigation" tab has been added to the home screen of the existing Chevrolet Volt mobile app on the Android smartphone. When a Volt owner presses this tab, they will be able to see the current location of their Volt pinpointed on Google MapsTM , as well as their location relative to it.

From this map screen, owners can use Google search by voice to vocally search for a destination with their Android handset, and see where that destination is related to the Volt's current location. They can then elect to send the destination from their Android phone to their Volt and have OnStar Turn-By-Turn directions to their destination waiting for them when they start the vehicle. Additionally, the owner will also have the option to get voice-guided directions to their vehicle from their current location, using Google Maps Navigation.

The new functionalities won't be available on the Volt mobile app at launch, but are planned for a 2.0 version.

The smartphone mobile application for the Chevrolet Volt made its debut at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show and is planned to launch in tandem with the Volt this fall. Launch features include:

· Charge status display – plugged in or not and voltage (120V or 240V)

· Flexibility to "Charge Now" or schedule charge timing

· Display percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges

· Ability to manually set grid-friendly charge mode for off-peak times when electricity rates are lowest

· Send text or email notifications for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge

· Display miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings

· Shows miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime

· Remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature

"These two new features add to the suite of mobile application features for Volt that given Volt owners a personal connection to their car," said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. "Connecting customers to their cars is one way we're using technology to provide value and a real useful benefit to the Volt owner."

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/18/onstar-taps-google-maps-navigation-for-chevy-volt/

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"A new "navigation" tab has been added to the home screen of the existing Chevrolet Volt mobile app on the Android smartphone."

That will save me loads of time of starting up a browser. Or will it cost me time going from my browser to the Volt app? Who am I kidding, I have an iPhone.

"When a Volt owner presses this tab, they will be able to see the current location of their Volt pinpointed on Google MapsTM , as well as their location relative to it."

Great feature! I can't tell you how many times I have just given up looking for my car and taken a cab home.

"They can then elect to send the destination from their Android phone to their Volt and have OnStar Turn-By-Turn directions to their destination waiting for them when they start the vehicle."

Turn-by-turn OnStar? That is cutting edge! I've never heard one way or the other, but I would hope that since the Volt already has an LCD screen that a real navi would also be included. In which case I would never consider using this 'feature'.

On that subject, this whole thing seems very weak. I hope they were throwing out the absolute worst ideas to set the bar real low so they can blow us away on May 19-20.

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Ouch. Google Maps are really BAD for directions now ever since Google started outsourcing data to some map company. Like telling you to take freeway ramps that haven't existed since the early 60s kind of bad.

Not the smartest move IMO.

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Ouch. Google Maps are really BAD for directions now ever since Google started outsourcing data to some map company. Like telling you to take freeway ramps that haven't existed since the early 60s kind of bad.

Not the smartest move IMO.

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