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Calling Your Car from Your Smartphone

Posted on January 15, 2010
Filed Under Chevrolet Volt | 1 Comment

Hello hybrid, this is your driver calling.

In a move that makes remote car starters seem so – well, last decade – Chevrolet will be giving owners of its new Volt hybrid a direct line to their new cars via their smartphones.

Chevrolet and OnStar announced the new smartphone application in Las Vegas, where the Consumer Electronics Show is getting underway.

The application lets drivers carry out of a range of tasks, using Motorola’s Droid, Apple’s iPhone or the Blackberry Storm. Besides the usual open doors remotely, it displays the charge status of the car, lets drivers start charging or schedule charge timing, shows the miles per gallon usage and other monitoring info.

OnStar features like unlocking doors and remote operation of the horn and lights, which have only been available by calling the OnStar call centre, will be available through the smartphone application.

While production of the Volt isn’t due to begin until late this year, demonstration applications for the Motorola Droid and Blackberry Storm and the iPhone are available now. A car that you plug in overnight to recharge, the Volt is an electric hybrid designed to drive up to 64 kilometres (40 miles) on electricity, after which an engine/generator kicks in to extend the driving range to about 480 kilometres or 300 miles.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun

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