Holy OnStar, Batman, Chevy Volt Is Most Connected Vehicle At Google I/O

When the Google I/O Conference gets underway this weak in San Francisco, developers and the public will learn how OnStar is leveraging the power of Google's AndroidTM platform to make the Chevy Volt one of the most connected vehicles on the market today. The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt is expected to be launched later this year and is seen as a key component to GM's recovery plan.

Demonstration of the OnStar app for the Chevy Volt and how users can conduct location-based voice searches using Google Maps is demoed here.

“While OnStar will never lose sight of our core focus on safety and security, this relationship is an example of how we’re evolving our leadership position in connected vehicle technology,” said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. “What we’re talking about today is only the beginning.”

The most unique feature is the new "navigation" tab that's been added to the existing Chevrolet Volt mobile app allowing owners to actually see the current location of their Volt pinpointed on Google MapTM, as well as where they are currently located.

Owners can then generate an alert from their smartphone that provides OnStar turn-by-turn directions to the car's location. Additionally, the owner will also have the option to get voice-guided directions to their vehicle from their current location, using Google Map Navigation. This feature really assists those that are located a good distance from their cars, or in the case of a stolen vehicle.

GM and OnStar will debut and demonstrate the new Google Map functionalities of the Chevrolet Volt mobile app for Android at the Google I/O conference May 19-20 in San Francisco, CA.  GM's move to tap Google is the latest attempt by a major auto maker to get a leg up on the competition when it comes to in-car technology.