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Google and OnStar Partner for Chevy Volt Android App

Douglas Carter
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Engadget posted a press release regarding a partnership between Google and OnStar to offer a multifunctional Android app for the upcoming Chevy Volt. AndroidandMe mentions that the debut of the apps functionalities, as well as a demonstartion, will given at Google I/O. Unfortunately, this version of the app (2.0) will not be available by the time of the vehicle's launch.

Phandroid has an amusing view of the usefulness of the app, writing:

One of the best features coming from this? The app will include a navigation tab displaying both your location and your car’s location, perfect for navigating that huge parking lot (or, if some good for nothing crook jacks your car, tracking it second by second from the back of a taxi cab barreling through the streets screaming like Jack Bauer in 24). The other obvious use here is for actual navigation purposes synced between your phone and car.

Engadget expands on the navigation abilities by saying:

Owners can then use their smartphone to enter their destination before even entering the vehicle. When it's time to drive, your Volt will already be setup and ready to guide you to the spot using OnStar's turn-by-turn navigation. Alternatively, users can follow the voice guidance provided by Google Maps Navigation if they prefer.

No information was in the Engadget article mentioning which Android OS versions would be supported, and the picture from the Engadget article above shows a Motorola Droid running the app, so unfortunately all I know at this point is that Android 2.1 is supported.

Does the possibility of owning an electric car appeal to you? Are you interested in the Chevy Volt, and if so, does this app make it appeal even more? Sound off below.

Other Sources: AndroidandMe, Phandroid

Image from Engadget

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  • Jeremiah May 19, 2010 Link

    An electric car would be nice. Douglas, I believe the name is OnStar, not OnStart.

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  • Douglas Carter May 19, 2010 Link

    Good catch. Thanks for the heads-up, my mind does weird things sometimes.

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