Google maps on Android is a amazing application. optimization of your car through a mobile phone is becoming a standard feature on new cars. The speech recognition function will expand users ability to navigate in GM Vehicles summer 2010.
GM Has announced that the Chevy Volt and other vehicles will begin shipping with the newest Car App for Android devices.
Press Release: 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 Press, 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 recognition to vocally search for a destination with their Android phone, 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 functionality won’t be available on the Volt mobile app at launch, but are planned for a 2.0 version.
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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 virtualization and 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.” Source