General Motors Uses Google Maps for Upcoming OnStar eNav Feature

General Motors has unveiled its Google Maps-based OnStar eNav function, and it is coming later this month alongside Ford’s Send to Sync.

OnStar eNav will be a part of Turn-by-Turn Navigation and allows Google Maps users to send their destinations and directions directly to an OnStar Turn-by-Turn-equipped vehicle, all from the comfort of a home or work computer. The eNav option goes online later this month and will be capable with GM vehicles from the 2006 model year and later. To keep operations smooth, the Google Maps option will integrate with the current OnStar Destination Download.

“eNav is a perfect solution for subscribers who like the flexibility of being able to use Google Maps to plan their trips in advance, but without the hassle of bringing printed maps into the vehicle,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar VP of new business development.

GM’s link-ups with Google are no big secret. Last month, we reported GM was looking to pair its vehicles with Google’s Android smartphone operating system and was also developing a mobile Android application specifically for the Chevrolet Volt.

Earlier today, Ford debuted its own Google Maps endeavor with its new Send to Sync, which mates Sync’s Traffic, Directions, and Information services with the widely used mapping service. Like GM, Ford is launching the new feature this month.

Source: General Motors


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