OnStar bolsters Android app for new Chevrolet Volt


General Motors' OnStar in-vehicle safety and communication services unit announced it will leverage Google's Android technologies to develop a series of new features slated for integration with the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt, which rolls into dealer showrooms this fall. GM first announced plans to add Android services to the Volt earlier this year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show--the new OnStar features, planned for the 2.0 version of the Volt app, will include a navigation tab pinpointing the vehicle's location via Google Maps, as well as the user's location relative to the car. Drivers can also use Google's voice-enabled search services to query details of their destination--upon transmitting that data from their Android smartphone to their Volt, OnStar will have its turn-by-turn navigation directions ready when they start the car. Users can also select Google Maps Navigation for voice-guided directions to their vehicle from their current location.

OnStar is available on more than 30 2010 GM models, and standard for one year on most new GM retail vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. OnStar provides services to more than 5.5 million North American subscribers.

For more on OnStar's Android plans:
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