[ad#post_ad]Recently we discussed a report that GM was in negotiations with Internet search giant Google to integrate the Android mobile operating system into OnStar and the Chevrolet Volt. That report was unsubstantiated.

Today GM has issued a press release confirming the partnership as well as detailing the current state of the technology and future plans.

As we know, Volt drivers will have the opportunity to download Volt-specific apps to their mobile phones which include iPhones, Blackberries and Droids.

Application functionality expected at launch include:

· Charge status display – plugged in or not and voltage (120V or 240V)

· Flexibility to “Charge Now” or schedule charge timing

· Display percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges

· Ability to manually set grid-friendly charge mode for off-peak times when electricity rates are lowest

· Send text or email notifications for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge

· Display miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings

· Shows miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime

· Remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature

The new partnership between GM and Google will be to integrate Google maps into the mobile app. Users will find a tab labeled Maps. Once clicked, the application will shows exactly where their Volt is pin-pointed on a real-time map and their own location relative to it.

The user can then use Google search to find a destination of interest, finding it relative to both their own location and that of the car. If they choose too they can then send those direction directly to the OnStar screen in the Volt from their mobile phone where turn by turn guidance can be experienced. It will be waiting for them when they arrive in the car.

GM and Google will be displaying the technology at the Google I/O conference May 19 through 20.

Apparently the functionality will only be available on Android phones (Google and Apple aren't friends) and won't be available at launch, but will appear in a 2.0 version of the app.

“These two new features add to the suite of mobile application features for Volt that given Volt owners a personal connection to their car,” said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “Connecting customers to their cars is one way we’re using technology to provide value and a real useful benefit to the Volt owner.”

Note: apparently GM has finally chosen a new Volt marketing director, Tony DiSalle, to replace Maria Rhorer who lost the position after issuing the now infamous Volt Dance.



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