OnStar + Google = Volt 2.0
Andy never looked so good rolling in a Chevrolet Volt! General Motors and OnStar have just announced the impending release of their latest Volt app which will be available across a wide variety of smartphones. Using the power and functionality of the Android platform Chevrolet has created an application that takes advantage of Google Maps, Voice Recognition, and direct communication with the car via text message or email. When you hear that Android is taking over you may have thought they meant they are outselling a company that is named after a fruit, but not the case as we now see. Android is now the best invention since the universal remote with everything it can do these days.
OnStar with GM will be showing off what they have been working on at the upcoming 2010 Google I/O Conference. The features you will see being demoed are as follows.
- 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
- Use Google Maps to send directions to the Volt so it can be pre-loaded before you even arrive in the drivers seat
- Have the choice of using either OnStar Navigation or Google turn-by-turn Navigation
- View your cars current location via GPS at all times
A real slick car with some real slick features. The app is currently available for Motorola Droid, Blackberry Storm, and iPhone. Check out this video of it on the Motorola Droid:
Source: PR NewsWire