General Motors will soon sell a smartphone application that could replace a dashboard navigation system.
The company has announced recently that the app, called GoGo Link, will project smartphone navigation systems onto a dashboard touch screen. Drivers can control the system with the touch screen and listen to voice directions through the car’s speaker system. The screen also will show maps.
GogoLink is an embedded smartphone application that delivers full-function navigation – including live traffic updates – through the vehicles’ MyLink infotainment system.
GogoLink navigation includes:
• Emergency information such as police, fire and the nearest hospital.
• Thousands of points of interest.
• Local Search via Google.
• Where am I? locator.
• Live traffic functionality provides crash reports and lane closures, and with alternative routes.
• 3-D maps.
• Ability to store native maps to the customer’s smartphone, giving them access to locations and turn-by-turn directions even when phone signal quality is poor. Many GPS-enabled apps do not do this.
Because GogoLink navigation will become available after Spark goes on sale, the first Spark models sold will require a simple update at the dealer to accommodate the app.
MyLink is standard on 1LT and 2LT versions of the Spark, as well as the Sonic LTZ and upcomingSonic RS model. MyLink is available on Sonic LS and LT models. On Spark and Sonic, MyLink operates by integrating the owner’s compatible smartphone and stored media – via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB – with the radio. This lets owners enjoy simple, safe and personalized connectivity while their smartphone is safely stowed.
GogoLink pricing will be announced later. It is expected to be available in the fall.
Source: General Motors.