March 28, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Chevrolet has reinforced its place in the smartphone-meets-automobile world with Gogolink, an app and service that connects phones and in-car displays via Bluetooth or USB. Using the MyLink “infotainment system” – really, Chevy? – that comes standard on certain models of the Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic, the app makes it possible to extend certain features of a smartphone to a larger screen that’s easier to operate.
Gogolink has a focus on driving through 3D maps and the ability to get live traffic updates on crashes, road closures, and alternative routes. The maps can be stored for offline use if things get too hectic. And if you need directions for local emergency services or something less hectic like a restaurant, that’s available too. Incoming calls are piped through the audio system, and the app enables hands-free calling, so drivers will be able to focus on the road.
Chevy drivers can expect media as well. Cars with MyLink will be able to play Pandora or Sticher Radio and play music through the car’s audio system. It will also play locally-stored music, and show a photo slideshow or play videos when the car is in park. Here’s a video demo of Gogolink.
I’ve seen similar systems in Ford, Lexus, and Toyota models that were good, but we’ll have to wait until the summer to see how Gogolink compares. Chevy says the system will cost $50 a short time after the 2013 Spark goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada mid 2012. Interested parties will have to return to get “a simple update at the dealer to accommodate the app.”