If you're wondering what the theme resonating through the automotive booths at the Consumer Electronics Show is, we have an answer: smartphone applications. This morning, Ford announced new ways for Sync to improve your love life; Chrysler followed with a gaggle of internet radio streaming services. This afternoon, General Motors added another radio service to its fleet by announcing TuneIn app connectivity.
TuneIn works in much the same way as Stitcher, the internet radio service already included on MyLink systems in other General Motors cars and trucks: it pulls in radio stations from around the world, streaming through your smartphone to your in-dash infotainment system. While users were already able to stream TuneIn through a Bluetooth audio or AUX cable connection, the new app connection allows drivers to use features like touchscreens and steering-wheel controls to control the service.
General Motors says TuneIn will be available later this year for select MyLink systems…which is where things get a little tricky. Despite the fact that the word "MyLink" brands two separate audio systems--the down-market system built into the Chevy Sonic and Spark, as well as the up-market system built into vehicles like the Malibu, Traverse, and Equinox--TuneIn is headed to both of them.
Chevrolet says that TuneIn is one of three major applications to hit the Sonic and Spark this year. The second is BringGoGPS Navigation, a $50 smartphone app that displays a full navigation program on-screen. The third is Siri Eyes Free, which links with iPhones (4S and later) to let you question/listen to Siri. We'll see those apps later this year; Chevrolet promises even more as-yet-unnamed technical tweaks sooner or later.
Source: General Motors