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Chevy MyLink rivals Sync with Pandora and phone links

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.








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  1. van rijn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Is it so hard to do a GUI?

    Is it so hard for a car company to design a GUI in 2011 that doesn't look like a 1995 CompuServe webpage?

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: Is it so hard to do a GUI?

    There is a reason for this. Quick icon recognition while driving on the road.

  1. sjsutton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Too Bad

    Too bad you have to buy a GM to get this.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Is is too much to ask

    When you are on the road, behind the wheel, in control of a couple of tons of metal and meat is is too much to ask...

    FOR YOU TO HANG UP AND DRIVE THE F**KING CAR.

    Studies going back over a decade have shown that using a cell phone while driving is as bad or even worse than driving drunk and that it makes no difference if it's hand held or hands free. It's dangerous. Now they want to let people play Angry Birds while they're on the freeway.

    How many have to die so Buffy can talk to her friends and Chet can make another sales call when they should have their attention on the road.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Feb 2011

    0

    Steering wheel

    He's holding it wrong

  1. crevatis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    everything is too dangerous when driving

    If talking on the phone hands free is as or more dangerous than drunk driving, than they better throw people in jail for it. They also should throw you in jail for talking to your passengers in the car, cause you aren't doing anything different whether they are inside or outside of your car.

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    @Steering wheel

    your absolutely right; seeing that his RIGHT hand is at 6 (creating potential UNDERSTEER in an emergency manuver to the RIGHT) and his LEFT at (the proper) 10 (creating potential OVERSTEER when needing to swerve to the left); but then how exactly his he to reach for his Starbuck beverage. One can only imagine...

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