Google Tech for Chevy Volt

The integration of the IT and automotive worlds will get an extra boost from Google and GM's OnStar, who are currently researching ways to integrate technologies and applications developed by the Internet giant into GM's upcoming Volt plug-in vehicle.

According to OnStar, the first result of the research will be showcased at the Google I/O conference on May 19-20 in San Francisco, California. The applications to be showcased at the event are based on the Android 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.”

For the demonstration, the Android smartphone received a "navigation” tab on the home screen. When the tab is pressed, Google Maps kicks in and displays the current location of the Volt.

Owners can also send the destination from their Android phone to the Volt and have OnStar Turn-By-Turn directions to the destination preloaded when they arrive at the car. Google Maps Navigation can also offer voice-guided directions.

“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.
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