By Mark Kleis
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 @ 1:22 am
 
General Motors has announced that the Chevrolet Volt will be capable of utilizing special Google-sourced GPS software from an Android cell phone, which will also work in conjunction with GM's OnStar service. Together, Volt owners will be able to pinpoint the location of their vehicle on their Android, as well as access turn-by-turn navigation directions.



GM had previously announced that Volt owners will be able to utilize special software from their Android phones, but now they have released details about the ability to pinpoint their vehicle's location, and relate it to their current location should they be outside of their vehicle.

Google's Android phone will now feature an extra navigation tab for the Volt mobile app program which when accessed will show the location of their Volt on a Google Map, as well as the user's current location relative to the car. Once the two locations are established, users can get voice-guided directions back to their Volt via the Google Maps program on the Android mobile phone.

Users can also use a voice command to choose a location that they wish to drive to once returning to the Volt, relay it to the car, and have the the directions ready for the driver once the Volt is started.

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GM says that the new advanced features will not be available at launch, but will come later for the 2.0 planned upgrade for the Volt mobile app.

At launch, the following features will be available:
· 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

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Remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature