updated 10:50 pm EST, Thu February 17, 2011
Chevy intros MyLink to take on Ford Sync
Chevy tonight kicked off GM's own alternative to Ford Sync. MyLink is designed to pair up with smartphones and will stream audio and handle calls from smartphones over Bluetooth. Like its challenger, it uses voice commands (here handled using Nuance's engine) and will directly control smartphone apps aware of the interface, starting with Internet radio from Pandora and Stitcher.
Which smartphone platforms would be supported wasn't said, but Ford either has or has planned support for Android, BlackBerry and iOS hardware.
The newcomer will center on a seven-inch touchscreen to steer any visually oriented tasks and improves USB support to load up apps from a flash drive. It continues to take in AM/FM, Sirius XM and CD audio; the driver's own tracks are scanned by Gracenote to simplify voice commands and are accompanied by album art when possible. OnStar already provides much of the in-car navigation and other Sync features.
Drivers will have the option to get MyLink in the 2012 Equinox and Volt. Other cars will get the option over the next year and a half, but prices aren't available so far.