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OnStar Smartphone Application Developed for Chevy Volt

January 06, 2010

LAS VEGAS --- General Motors on Jan. 5 demonstrated its new technology that will let Chevrolet Volt drivers control a variety of vehicle functions remotely using a smartphone. 

OnStar's Mobile Application allows drivers to communicate with their Volt from Droid by Motorola, Apple iPhone and Blackberry Storm smartphones. It uses a real-time data connection to perform tasks ranging from setting the charge time to unlocking the doors. 

The demonstration was held in advance of this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- the world's biggest showcase for cutting-edge electronic gadgetry. 

The Chevrolet Volt OnStar smartphone application:

  • displays charge status -- plugged in or not, and voltage (120V or 240V)
  • provides flexibility to "charge now" or schedule charge timing
  • displays percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges
  • allows owner to manually set grid-friendly charge mode for off-peak times when electricity rates are lowest
  • sends text or e-mail notifications for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge
  • displays miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings
  • shows miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime
  • can remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature. 

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