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Chevy, Ford Add Smartphone-Based GPS Apps to Cars

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Oct 12, 2012, 7:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Both Chevrolet and Ford Motor Company are facilitating the use of smartphone-based navigation apps in the dashboards of their vehicles. The 2013 Chevy Spark, for example, lets Android and iPhone owners connect their smartphones to the car through a feature called MyLink. Chevy is offering a $50 mapping application, called BringGo, which can be installed on the smartphone and used to deliver navigation content to the car's dashboard. Similarly, Ford has an app called Car Connect that will connect an Android device to Ford's Sync system (an iPhone app is under development). Car Connect costs $25 per year, and can be used with TeleNav's Scout navigation application to push navigation services to the car's dashboard. Both options improve the in-car navigation experience offered by smartphones while still allowing consumers to avoid expensive in-dash navigation systems.

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Oct 15, 2012, 12:22 AM

HUH??? Did I miss something...?

"To avoid expensive in dash GPS units.... blah blah blah Use your own smartphone... blah blah... Charge $25 annually to use your phones GPS in the car???

um what are you getting for the $25 year that you do not already have access to is you have a WEB and GPS enabled smartphone in your car???
This service will allow the GPS system in your phone, to be viewed in the LCD screen on your stock car stereo. You can also use the service on the Sony GS line car stereos, as well as JVC, Pioneer, ect. Although you will need a supported device for it...

Oct 13, 2012, 11:02 AM

While this is a nice gesture...

...I'd still rather use my FREE Google Navigation plugged in through an AUX input.

I mean I don't know if there's any reason you wouldn't be able to use an AUX input while using Sync (I've no experience with the tool), but that's the only way I can see anyone ever using these tools.

If I'm missing something, someone let me know.
There is something you might have overlooked. Google has a good GPS service, so please don’t get me wrong.
To get the full GPS experience through Google, you need an Android device. 3rd party apps such as Telenav mentioned in the article will work...

Oct 12, 2012, 10:30 PM

Android First?

Anyone notice that it was the Android app that was first developed with the iOS app to follow later. Coming from a large auto company like Ford, this is a definite sign that Apple is losing its grip on the culture.
True.....if they developed the Android app first...there's simply no way Tim Cook could be happy to hear that the iPhone is thought of as the second most important market....
Apple is working with multiple car manufacturers (such as BMW, General Motors,Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, and Audi.) in integrating a specific button on the steering wheel to have Siri pop up with answer calls, responding to text messages, GPS, and etc. ...
Yep! I noticed Very Happy !

Personally, I have a hard time understanding why someone would want to pay $50, when Google Navigation is *FREE*
I've been using Google Navigation to get to places since I've been home, a little over 2wks now, it works great!
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