Detroit – GM’s
subsidiary will expand the
functionality of its planned Android smartphone app for Chevy Volt owners,
adding a car-finding feature and other navigation-related applications.
electric-powered Volt launches in the fall, the smartphone app will let Chevy
Volt owners control key vehicle functions from afar via cellular. Within 12
months of the Volt’s launch, an upgrade to the app will let owners view their
current location and the current location of their vehicle on Google Maps on
the Android phone’s display. Users will
be able to use Google Maps navigation to get voice-guided walking directions to
their vehicle from their current location.
Also from the
handset, the Volt’s owner could use Google Search by Voice to search for a
destination and show the destination’s location related to the Volt. Users can
then send the destination from the Android phone to the Volt to have OnStar
turn-by-turn directions to the destination waiting for them when they get into
said if the navigation app would also be designed for iPhones and BlackBerrys.
Excluding the navigation feature, Volt smartphone
applications for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones will be available when
the electric vehicle launches in the fall. Remote access will also be possible
from a cellphone’s web browser.
smartphone apps, consumers will be able to remotely lock/unlock their Volt’s doors,
honk the horn and flash the lights without making a call to an OnStar call
center. The call center will continue to offer key OnStar services, including
automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free calling and
The apps, which
at January’s CES, will also activate the heating or AC (from the power grid if
the car is plugged into a power outlet), remotely charge the vehicle if plugged
in, set a timer to remotely charge the vehicle during off-peak hours, and
remotely view the status of vehicle systems. On their cellphone display, Volt
owners would be able to see charge status, remaining vehicle range, cumulative
and last-trip MPG, and odometer and trip odometer readings. The smartphone
would also receive vehicle-diagnostic updates via email with a regular OnStar