Owners of Chevy MyLink-equipped Sonics and Sparks will soon have the ability to access and control the global and personalized audio streaming app TuneIn, providing them with the ability to listen to the global network of 70,000 worldwide radio stations. Chevrolet demonstrated the capability for the first time in a 2014 Chevy Spark EV yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
TuneIn joins other MyLink-compatible apps, including BringGo, which delivers a full-function navigation system, and Apple’s Siri intelligent assistant that allows drivers to get things done simply by using their voice. Meanwhile, MyLink launched with Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio compatibility — and works with both of the services.
To access TuneIn through MyLink, a user will need to download the free TuneIn Radio app to their (compatible) smartphone and connect the phone with MyLink (either via Bluetooth or USB). Having done so, users will be able to search for programming by location, genre, sports team name, station type, or call sign — all without touching their smartphone.
“TuneIn will add another dimension to Spark and Sonic infotainment choices, and demonstrates the ability to continually expand and update MyLink capabilities with new smartphone apps,” said Cristi Landy, director, Chevrolet small cars and electric vehicles.
Currently standard on the 2013 Spark LT as well as the Sonic RS and LTZ, MyLink is also available on the 2013 Sonic LS and LT. The infotainment system will be standard on the 2014 Spark EV when it goes on sale during the summer of 2013.
GM Authority reached out to GM for comment about whether the TuneIn functionality will be enabled by a software update to MyLink, but didn’t hear back by time of publication. We will update this article as soon as we hear back. Also, vehicles with MyLink outside the Sonic and Spark are not compatible with Siri, BringGo, or TuneIn… yet.