As a loyal GM Authority reader, you knew this day was coming: we’ve waited and looked forward to this day for what seems to have been years… and the day has finally arrived! Chevrolet has just released the much-anticipated myChevrolet app for Apple and Android devices.
The apps offer an unheard-of level of connectivity between the user and the Chevy vehicle, but GM’s bow tie brand surprised us with more than a few innovative new features.
Broadly speaking, myChevrolet allows users to search their owners’ manual, find their parking spot, as well as unlock their car – right from their phone. Chevy divides the app’s functionality into three main categories:
The location-based services include a parking reminder that allows drivers to save their parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time they have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location. If they return to a flat tire, the driver can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the closest Chevrolet dealership and schedule a service appointment.
Vehicle-specific information is accessible after scanning the vehicle identification number using the smart-phone camera. These features include searchable content for the most-commonly accessed information in the owner’s manual, such as directions saving radio presets. The app also provides explanations of warning lights and indicators on the vehicle instrument panel at the touch of a button.
OnStar Connectivity Features
myChevrolet integrates with the OnStar MyLink app to access exclusive OnStar technologies. Through OnStar’s unique connection to the vehicle, owners can send remote vehicle commands such as unlocking or locking the doors, and starting the engine. In addition, owners can access key diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon. The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date health report of their vehicle anytime they need it.
myChevrolet, which includes OnStar MyLink, are currently available as free downloads from the Apple App Store or from the Android Market. The apps are only compatible with model year 2011 and newer Chevrolet vehicles. Apps for owners of Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles will be available soon.
As far as we know, the app will only work with vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. General Motors was not available at time of publication.
The GM Authority Take
This is… amazing! If we could, we would put a gazillion exclamation marks after that sentence. In all seriousness, however, this is a monumental moment in the grand scheme of the automobile. The amount of useful features is simply mind-boggling and is a first in the entire auto industry! With myChevrolet, Chevy has gained a Herculean competitive advantage that won’t be countered, if not met, for the foreseeable future by any other automaker.
Stay tuned for the GM Authority review of the myChevrolet app. Also, be sure to tune into the GM Authority Weekly podcast for a thorough analysis of the app and its implications for the automotive industry at large.