A single demo — that’s all it takes to truly understand the power of the OnStar MyLink app (especially useful when showing the tech off to friends who don’t drive a GM vehicle… and watching them drool with lust). But as cool and utilitarian as OnStar MyLink may be, the possibilities for improvement, new features, an in-app logic are nearly limitless. That’s why we were so thrilled to hear from our tipsters that the next frontier for the MyLink apps is navigation.
While sources were limited in what they could reveal, we thought we’d take a crack at predicting what we may see in an upcoming update: as you may recall, OnStar announced several navigation-related features last year exclusively for the Chevy Volt app for the Android. For those who don’t remember, the app has can display the location of the Volt on a Google Map, show the user his or her location relative to the Volt, and then provide directions to the vehicle. The app also allows the user to perform a voice search of a particular destination (such a restaurant) and then send it to the Volt (directly from the Android device) using OnStar eNav Destinations.
This functionality has been an exclusive feature of the Chevrolet Volt app for Android, but it’s not that big a stretch to imagine it making its way to other GM vehicles via OnStar MyLink app. So besides current functionality provided by MyLink (such as remote start, horn/lights, door lock/unlock, and vehicle information like tire pressure, oil life, and range), the updated MyLink apps would be able to show the user where their car is on a map — and then send a new eNav destination to the vehicle.
Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact timeline for the updates, but our sources emphasized that the functionality is coming very, very soon.