Enabled by a smartphone app compatible with the standard MyLink Radio on uplevel Spark and Sonic variants, TuneIn will give customers all over the world access to global, personalized infotainment controlled through the car radio. It means a customer living in Chicago can dial in a talk radio station in Africa and a customer in South Korea can listen to his favorite electronic music station in Europe or jazz station in New Orleans.
MyLink is currently standard on the 2013 Spark LT, and 2013 Sonic LS, LT, RS and LTZ variants. It will also be a standard equipment in the 2014 Spark EV, which will be available at Chevy showrooms in mid of this year in the States.
TuneIn is one of three new smartphone app-based features expected to be available later this year for MyLink-equipped Spark and Sonic models. Others are BringGo, a full-function navigation system; and Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant (for customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6) that allows drivers to get things done just by asking.
Here’s how it works: To access TuneIn through the MyLink Radio, a customer needs to download the free TuneIn Radio app to a compatible smartphone (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry. even Symbian or Windows mobile phones) and connect the phone with MyLink for safe, seamless connectivity to live local, international and Internet radio. Users can search for programming by location, genre, sports team name, station type or call sign.
iPhone users with the Siri in Eyes Free mode are able to make voice-activated, hands-free calls; play tunes from iTunes or switch music sources from radio to iPod; listen, compose and send iMessage; access calendar. add appointments; and much more. Do note that the Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access.
The process after the MyLink and smartphone synced via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB enables the user to gain an access to the customized music libraries, contacts, videos and photos with the radio. From there, the user selects from options projected onto the seven-inch color touch-screen.
The third addition to the MyLink is the BringGo, a full-function navigation, traffic updates embedded smartphone app. The BringGO allows a user to search: Emergency information such as police, fire and the nearest hospital; Thousands of points of interest, such as the nearest department store, restaurant; Local Search via Google & Where am I? locator; Live traffic on select crash reports, lane closures and alternative routes; and 3-D maps.
In addition, the BrinGo calculates remaining kilometers of the EV (that’s if you’re driving an Electric vehicle) and stores maps to the user’s phone.
For United States customers, GM offers 6 months of OnStar’s premium Directions and Connections service standard for all Spark and Sonic variants.
Speaking of the Sonic, Naza Quest debut the compact Chevrolet late last year in two variants. The domesticated Sonic is available in five color choices at RM 76,888 for the sedan version and RM 78,888 for the hatch, all prices are on-the-road with insurance and include 5-year or 200,000km warranty (plus a Sonic Oil change at 15,000km interval).
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