Have a seat, Ford Sync. Chevrolet has finally entered the 21st century with the introduction of Chevrolet MyLink, the latest automotive infotainment system that allows drivers (or passengers) to access a plethora of apps through a Bluetooth connection between the car and a smartphone such as an Android or a Blackberry. Apple devices such as the iPod Touch and iPhone are just as functional, though they will need to be plugged in via a USB cable. The Chevrolet MyLink system will first be available on the 2012 Equinox and Volt models, with hopefully more to be announced down the road.
With the Chevrolet MyLink, drivers can use a voice activated system powered by Nuance to perform basic tasks such as making phone calls, changing radio stations and even playing a requested track/song from the connected MP3 player without having to ever take their hands off the wheel. Introductory apps for the MyLink system include the incredibly popular Stitcher and Pandora apps, with more to be announced in the future.
In addition to the perks of MyLink, both models will offer inductive charging for smartphones and other devices thanks to PowerMat. To get it out of the way, this is not the same kind of program as OnStar MyLink, about which you can read more here.
Somewhere out there, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood is grinding his teeth to a powder.