Aftermarket (retail) car radio makers be warned. General Motors may be plotting its answer to Ford’s Sync radios. GM is negotiating with Google (developer of Android smartphones) to create in-car telematics systems that would work with smartphones, reports Motor Trend.
The system is expected to allow customers to use almost any smartphone with a GM radio/device and also to allow smartphone control over remote start and other features (which the Sync does not yet offer). In other words, it may be time to replace OnStar’s old technology with an Android based system which includes its own free turn-by-turn GPS directions. There’s not much information here…just a warning: Smartphone compatibility and app streaming in the car is going to be a must have feature soon, in case you haven’t gotten the memo.
Source: Motor Trend
UPDATE!!! Now it looks like General Motors may open up OnStar to developers to create OnStar apps (as Ford has done). A tweet by OnStar president Chris Preuss Tuesday says OnStar is “looking at” opening up the service to app developers. Also see yesterday’s story on OnStar heading for retailers.