We are seeing more and more mobile applications that extend the functionality of your daily life and one of the coolest ones I caught a glimpse of at CES 2010 was the new OnStar application for the Chevy Volt that is available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices. OnStar Mobile lets owners communicate with their car and perform functions such as door lock/unlock, remote start, view charge status, view stats on vehicle usage (mpg, trip miles, etc.), and set charge reminders. I recommend you check out this Autoblog article for an in-depth look at the application and screenshots galore of it in use.
OnStar Mobile was developed from the ground-up by engineers in the OnStar EV Lab. In addition to this work, the team is leveraging OnStar’s connectivity to the vehicle to gather real-time data about development models of the Volt as they are tested. OnStar engineers then share this real-time data with the Volt engineering team to speed the development process and help ensure quality at the start of production.
The Volt is scheduled to launch in late 2010 and this application will be available to Volt owners at that time. You can try out a demo version to see what it is all about. With integrated GPS on our smartphones, will we soon just put in the destination and let the car drive us there?