CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
January 08, 2013 11:06 AM What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
Chevrolet Advances The Connected Car
Chevrolet was pushing the connected car experience at CES Sunday, touting the capabilities of its MyLink Radio, which allows a motorist to dock his or her smartphone and mirror a variety of apps -- including Pandora and TuneIn, to the car radio. "It's about making the car's radio even smarter," said Brad Wolfe, a connected customer specialist with Chevrolet.
Wolfe explained that MyLink also allows iOS users to integrate Siri into the driving experience via a voice activation button on the steering wheel. "If you want Siri to tell you a joke or set a calendar date or tell you the latest General Motors stock price, you can do that with the touch of a button while your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road," he remarked, adding that the vehicle puts a connected phone into accessory mode so that "there's no temptation to mess around while you drive." Icons for various mirrored apps and services will be accessible on the vehicle's GPS touchscreen and the car will automatically charge connected smartphones.
Wolfe said the features will initially be available only on the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. "There's a base model [of each vehicle] that doesn't come with it, but the 1LT and 2LT models will have it standard," he said. "There's no fun in not being connected, right?"