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Can Chevy MyLink Sink Ford Sync?

And what will it mean for OnStar?

by on Feb.18, 2011

Chevy will launch the new MyLink infotainment system on the 2012 Volt and Equinox models.

Chevrolet is about to become the next automaker to take aim at Ford Motor Co.’s well-reviewed Sync infotainment system.

The new Chevy MyLink will go into production on several 2012 models and expand from there, the maker says, offering an array of voice-activated services, including the ability to access music through web services like Pandora.

The Chevy MyLink system adds to the array of services already offered by General Motors’ OnStar system, which is more focused on safety and security, but also provides navigation and so-called concierge features for a monthly charge.

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While Chevy’s corporate parent was an early participant in onboard technology, through OnStar, industry analysts contend the maker fell behind because of its focus on generating monthly revenues.  Ford, however, developed a strong following for Sync because it does not require a fee – though it also doesn’t offer some of the features of OnStar, such as the ability to reach a human operator for emergency assistance.


New Hyundai Blue Link Will Entertain, Inform – And Keep Teen Drivers In Line

System will even alert you if there’s a recall.

by on Jan.05, 2011

As with some competitors, you'll be able to activate many Hyundai Blue Link features using buttons on the rearview mirror.

Forget horsepower, cupholders or even seat heaters.  These days, the real battle of the brands is focused on which automaker offers the most advanced infotainment system, and there’ll be plenty of new in-car technologies on display, this week, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

That includes Blue Link, an all-new telematics system developed by Hyundai, which the automaker plans to put up against the well-established General Motors OnStar, as well as Ford’s increasingly popular Sync system.

The Hyundai Blue Link platform will offer a variety of “traditional” features, such as hands-free calling and voice-controlled route guidance.  But it will also introduce a number of new services, such as its “Eco-Coach,” which is designed to help a motorist drive more fuel-efficiently, and “geofence,” which alerts a vehicle’s owner if someone – read “a teenager” – travels beyond a pre-set boundary or drives after set hours.

Blue Link will even flash a warning if the owner’s vehicle is subject to a recall.

“We’ve carefully studied how drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as an innovative link to the outside world. Blue Link brings that seamless connectivity directly into the car,” explains Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service business development, Hyundai Motor America.