Remember Chevrolet MyLink — the excellent infotainment system that’s been available on the newer set of Chevy vehicles for the last half a year or so? Well, it has made its way to GM’s Australian arm Holden.
Simply dubbed Holden MyLink, the system will make its market debut on the Holden Barina CDX (a Holden-badged Chevy Sonic/Aveo) and will allow drivers to integrate compatible smartphones and stored media with their car.
The system is capable of connecting to compatible devices using Bluetooth, an auxiliary jack, or USB while displaying information on a large, seven-inch color touch screen, allowing drivers to select between music, radio, and phone functionality. Just as with Chevy MyLink, the system provides access to stored songs on the smartphone (or personal media player) along with FM/AM radio stations. When an data-capable mobile device is connected, Holden MyLink will be able to stream digital content from specific applications.
The system enables drivers to bring their own device into the car, which is especially valuable for those (usually younger and tech savvy) customers that see their smartphone as an extension of themselves and therefore expect the ability to access it safely from behind the wheel.
At launch, Holden MyLink will include support for Stitcher Smart Radio; additional applications will be supported starting in the first quarter of 2013. In fact, Holden MyLink will be the first in-car system in Australia to support the (U.S.) market-leading personalized radio service Pandora. TuneIn radio will also be added to the list of compatible apps at that time.
Just as its Chevy-badged cousin, Holden MyLink will offer an affordable navigation solution via BringGo (previously GoGoLink) — a navigation application that runs on the smartphone and utilizes the device’s GPS system. What makes BringGo so unique, however, is that it is controlled and viewed on the MyLink touchscreen, while coming in at a very affordable price (said to be a fraction of what a traditional in-car navigation system costs).
Holden MyLink will first launch on the range-topping Barina CDX in November. The rollout will be followed by the Holden Malibu when the midsize sedan goes on sale in 2013.
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