Send Turn-By-Turn Directions to your Volt
General Motors announce new navigation and Google Map features for their Volt Android app.
OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors, have announced they are developing a number of new features for the Chevrolet Volt mobile app based on Google’s Android platform.
This new functionality, includes a navigation tab that will display the current location of the smartphone owner’s Volt on Google Maps, and the owner’s location relative to the vehicle. Integration with Google search by voice means that users will be able to vocally search for a destination on the Android smartphone, and again see that location displayed relative to the Volt’s current location. This information can then be sent to the Volt in question, so OnStar Turn-By-Turn directions will be already loaded when the owner starts their OnStar vehicle. These directions will also be available in voice-guided format.
This functionality is currently planned for the app’s 2.0 release.
Earlier this month, Motor Trend published an article claiming that General Motors were planning to develop Android technology that would allow General Motor vehicle owners to open, start and/or adjust their vehicles using their Android handset. While this new functionality isn’t quite an Android-powered car, it does demonstrate the next step in the General Motors/Android story.