Consumer Reports may not be enamored with the current crop of top-of-the-line, in-car, touchscreen infotainment systems, but Chevrolet isn’t showing signs of slowing down production of them. The Detroit News reports that GM’s brand unveiled the newest Chevy MyLink system Tuesday to the automotive press. The system will make its first on-board appearance in the 2014 Chevy Impala, then later on other 2014 model-year Chevy vehicles including full-sized trucks, SUVs and the Corvette sports car.
Chevy MyLink expands capabilities
While Chevrolet has recognized the primary problem most people have with on-board infotainment systems – that the interface is too cluttered and difficult to use – the automotive brand’s MyLink system doesn’t cut back on features. With the technical capabilities Chevy MyLink offers, Chevrolet believes it has more than enough to outpace competitor Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system. Natural voice recognition will empower Impala drivers to not only make hands-free telephone calls, but enter navigation destinations, play music and control USB-connected and Bluetooth-paired devices.
The instrument cluster above the steering wheel and center stack will be completely reconfigurable as well, so the driver can move desired controls to more optimal viewing locations if so desired. This eliminates having to take their eyes farther from the all-important roadway. Up to four different customization sets can be saved for different drivers.
Infotainment standards like Sirius XM capability, Pandora, weather updates, a Siri-like personal assistant and more will also be available via Chevy MyLink.
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Chevrolet inspired by Sonic success
Previous success with the Chevy MyLink system was witnessed via a sales increase in small, inexpensive cars in the automaker’s arsenal like the Chevrolet Sonic. It’s what inspired Chevrolet to expand the infotainment system and offer it in more cars. Technical improvements that reduce distracted driving will be a welcome change from previous versions of infotainment systems that automotive magazines have largely panned, notes c|net.
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