OnStar Apps For Android And iOS Now Available For 2011 Chevy Owners
Chevy has been trying to link up with smart phone owners in a big way, and these new applications definitely are steps in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before all automakers are doing something similar, and we're glad to see someone taking the lead. Features of the apps fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features. The location-based services include a parking reminder that allows drivers to save their parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time they have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location. If they return to a flat tire, the driver can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the closest Chevrolet dealership and schedule a service appointment.
Vehicle-specific information is accessible after scanning the vehicle identification number using the smart-phone camera. These features include searchable content for the most-commonly accessed information in the owner's manual, such as directions saving radio presets. The app also provides explanations of warning lights and indicators on the vehicle instrument panel at the touch of a button. In addition, myChevrolet integrates with the OnStar MyLink app to access exclusive OnStar technologies. Through OnStar's unique connection to the vehicle, owners can send remote vehicle commands such as unlocking or locking the doors, and starting the engine. In addition, owners can access key diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon. The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date health report of their vehicle anytime they need it.
Best of all, these apps are free to download now, but you'll need a 2011 model vehicle. Sorry, 2010 owners!