GM, OnStar Handing Out Free Smartphone Apps

November 1, 2010

Ever forget where you parked the car?  Or wished you could pre-heat your vehicle in below zero weather? Smartphone apps solve those problems, and more.

Owners of 2011 Chevrolet models will be able to access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smartphones, via free download apps from GM.  There are versions of the myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink apps for either Apple iPhone or Android devices, but not for BlackBerry devices. There also are apps available for Buick, GMC and Cadillac models.

The apps will let you search your owners manual, pull in GPS to help you find your car in a parking lot or garage, even let you unlock your car.  

App features fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features.

The location-based services include the ability to save your parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time you have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location. If you happen to  return to a flat tire, you can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the closest dealership to schedule a date with the service department. 

Vehicle-specific information works by scanning the VIN (vehicle identification number) using your smart-phone camera, so you can access the owner's manual, perhaps to learn what warning lights on the dashboard really mean.  

The myChevrolet feature calls up the

OnStar MyLink app so you can lock or unlock the doors or start the engine via your smartphone.  This link also tells you fuel tank level and range before you start the car, so you know before you get into the driver's seat if you have to leave early to gas up before work or the commute home.  

Starting the car from the breakfast table or from inside the shopping mall means you get into a warm and toasty vehicle in the winter, or an air-conditioned one in summer.  

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