Chevrolet Volt owners will be able to stay connected to their car using the industry’s first smartphone “app” for an electric vehicle, the automaker announces today at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.
The system, developed by Chevy and General Motors’ OnStar, will allow an owner to do things like checking the plug-in hybrid’s battery charge status, starting the vehicle’s climate control system and unlocking the Volt’s doors. It will also permit the vehicle to send out an alert if there’s a problem, such as an interruption during charging.
The real-time link for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be available on a variety of smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry Storm and Motorla Droid. For other smartphones, OnStar plans to provide access through a mobile browser.
“The Chevrolet Volt ushers in a new era of automotive technology and calls for a new level of connectivity and control,” said OnStar President Walt Dorfstatter. “Nearly 6 million vehicles on the road today use OnStar to stay connected, and our new smartphone app will make that even easier for Volt drivers.”