Two new apps have just been released on the iPhone and Android. If you are an owner of a 2011 GM vehicle, the two apps, OnStar My Link and myChevrolet were made for you! OnStar MyLink works with the onboard OnStar system and offers location-based services, such as a GPS parking reminder and vehicle reference material. It also features a searchable database of warning lights, dashboard indicator lights and commonly searched features from the owner’s manual. The myChevrolet app allows you to lock or unlock the doors, start the engine and access information. It also lets you see fuel level, remaining oil life and current tire pressure. The app is available for Buick, GMC and Cadillac models too.
All of the apps are available as a free download from the phone’s application marketplace. Read GM’s press release after the jump…
DETROIT â€“ Beginning today, owners of 2011 Chevrolet models can access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smart phones. The myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink applications, available as free downloads, provide drivers with unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles from their Android or Apple iPhone device.
“This is a great example of how we are focusing on smart technologies that address customers’ needs,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. “With myChevrolet and Onstar MyLink apps, customers can search their owners’ manual, find their parking spot, and even unlock their car â€“ right from their phone.”
Features of the apps, also available on Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features.
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.
In addition, 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 and OnStar MyLink are currently available for download, free of charge, from www.apple.com, or from www.android.com.