GM launched its Maps+ app-based navigation system in Canada this week, which expands on the automaker’s standard in-vehicle navigation systems with additional features and capabilities.
GM’s Maps+ app is designed to “give drivers an enhanced user experience and learn more about the surrounding area as they travel to their destination,” the automaker says. Key features include real-time traffic data and daily updating map data, speed limit and road hazard alerts and notifications for faster potential driving routes. The system will also suggest routing to nearby gas stations if the vehicle is low on fuel and includes new shortcuts for search categories, such as coffee, food, fuel, parking, recent spots and favourites, among more. Users will be able to leverage voice commands to get directions thanks to the Alexa Built-In AI assistant, as well.
GM began offering Maps+ on its vehicles in the U.S. last spring, but had yet to expand the service into Canada. The app is now available as part of select Connected Services plans from GM through an in-vehicle app download. GM says this Canadian market rollout “leverages its growing connected fleet of vehicles and demonstrates the company’s commitment to delivering customer experiences throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.”
“At GM, we always strive to provide an easy-to-use in-vehicle experience – which is why we offer voice commands, navigation and media that customers can access through their favourite apps,” Mike Speranzini, director of global connected services, and customer experience at GM Canada, said in a prepared statement. “This is why we are excited to launch a navigation product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment offerings.”
The GM Maps+ app will soon be available to download in select 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in Canada. Current eligible CGM vehicle owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+. A Connected Vehicle or Premium OnStar subscription plan is required to operate the app and leverage its connected features.