GM is “getting in the game” with it’s in-car connectivity

GM and Buick to offer IntelliLink

Many 2012 GM/Buick models will have IntelliLink

With the expansion of GM in-car connectivity with OnStar Apps, MyLink and Intellilink, the “rest of America” can now get more out of their daily commutes with a variety of infotainment options.

Ford has been considered a pioneer in infotainment for their vehicles (they have been offering it for four years now), and now it’s time for GMC and Buick to bring out their IntelliLink system. GM’s new technology is leveling the “infotainment playing field.”

The 2012 GMC Terrain will be the first to offer the GMC IntelliLink which offers not only Bluetooth phone connection and more with its seven-inch touch-screen, voice controls of various vehicle functions, steering wheel-mounted controls, as well as streaming audio through Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio. In addition, you can get a standard rear-vision camera system, XM satellite radio, customer programmable rear liftgate (you can set heights to miss hitting a garage door), remote vehicle start and advanced functions to search and find music on your system.

The 2012 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano vehicles will have the option for a similar IntelliLink system. However, the LaCrosse will have an eight-inch touch screen. Continue reading

Plugging into in-car technologies!

Back in the last century GM introduced OnStar as an alternative to a bag phone or an antiquated car phone… but that was then and technology has far out-paced even consumer’s demands in today’s market.

What seems to be pushing the market ever-forward is the proliferation of the smartphone. Consumers are starting to ask a similar questions “So, if my phone can do all of those fancy things, why can’t my automobile?”  Auto manufacturers are scrambling to create the technology that provides the driver the connectivity they want.

Ford Motor Company, with its Microsoft Sync systems, and now with its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch systems, seems to be light years ahead of the competition.

Not a day goes by at a Ford dealership when a customer discovers all of the services they can obtain through Sync and Ford’s Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) service and they realize that it’s a whole lot of technology for them to use in their vehicles. Continue reading