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Mobile Navigation-Voice Command App Available for the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic

As our lives become increasingly connected with technology, so it follows that the cars we drive keep up with the trend.  At the forefront of this technology is Chevrolet and its sophisticated but user-friendly MyLink system that brings comfort, convenience and safety to your fingertips.   General Motors is upping the ante for the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and 2013 Chevrolet Spark by partnering with the new BringGo smartphone app to bring ultimate navigation functionality to the Spark and Sonic.

How does it work?  Simply download the BringGo app to your compatible smartphone and sync it to the Chevrolet MyLink touch-screen in your Sonic or Spark.  Your drive will instantly be enhanced with GPS navigation and traffic features such as turn-by-turn directions, an Eco driving profile, 3-D maps featuring lane suggestions, traffic alerts, route information that includes alternate map views, estimated time of arrival, remaining distance and fuel cost.  The app also includes instant access to emergency locations and thousands of points of interest.  View your route on the MyLink touch screen, and then easily access a wealth of information regarding traffic reports, lane closures, stops along the way and much more.

All this extra navigation savvy is on top of the standard features of the Chevrolet MyLink system, which are anything but standard.   Use voice control to make phone calls, select radio stations, or play music from your phone.  Hear and compose text messages without taking your eyes off the road.  Link up with Pandora for Spark and Sonic for the ultimate listening experience on your road trips.  Compatible iPhone users can even use Siri Eyes Free to control all kinds of functions through voice commands and steering wheel mounted controls.

For more information about adding BringGo to your Spark or Sonic, visit Rogers Chevrolet, one of the premier Chevrolet Dealers in Chicago.

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Siri Voice Technology Coming Soon to General Motors Vehicles

If you wish your car was as intelligent as your smartphone, you won’t have to wait much longer.  General Motors confirmed last week that they plan to integrate Siri, the voice control technology used on Apple’s iPhone, into connectivity systems of upcoming vehicles.

By simply plugging an iPhone into a USB cable in the car, this feature will allow vehicles compatible with the Siri service to make calls, dictate text messages, look up directions and use other Siri functions.  A new Siri feature called “Eyes Free” will take the current “Hands Free” technology to a new and safer level by allowing drivers to use their iPhones while keeping their eyes on the road.

Apple announced that this technology would start becoming available within the next year.  General Motors is first in line, confirming that the MyLink infotainment system offered on the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic small cars will be compatible with Siri.  Other manufacturers slated to have Siri in their sights include Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar/Land Rover.

Smartphones have become an integral part of many consumers’ lives and the use of them in vehicles is inevitable.  Measures taken toward enabling the benefits of smartphones in a vehicle without causing a safety hazard or driver distraction is a great step toward progress in the auto technology field.

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