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Chevy Volt to get Android support for OnStar, Google Maps

updated 08:35 am EDT, Tue May 18, 2010

Volt drivers can use Android GPS with OnStar

GM used the run-up to the Google I/O conference today to add a new feature to its promised Android app for the Chevy Volt. The mobile software will now tie into Google Maps Navigation as well as OnStar: drivers can push directions from Google's GPS to OnStar and use the car's own system for voice guidance. A Volt's own position can be tracked independently of the phone, and Google Maps Navigation can provide directions.

The new features will come with a 2.0 update, which doesn't have a set release date.

On launch, the Volt app will still have the option of checking and even scheduling battery charges, sending e-mail and text notifications for changes in the battery's status, as well as tracking both the gasoline and electric fuel economy. Cold weather drivers can start the car remotely to warm it up in advance.

More details may be available at the Google I/O conference, which starts tomorrow. [via Leftlane News]

by MacNN Staff





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