OnStar Reveals Mobile App for Volt

January 6, 2009 – Chevrolet and GM’s OnStar revealed a slick new application for mobile phones at the Consumer Electronics Show last night. Designed to work on the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry Storm, the application will allow owners of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt to interact with their vehicle from their mobile device.
The Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle that most owners will plug in at night. Owners will be able manage recharging times via an in-vehicle interface to maximize off-peak electricity usage and minimize cost. Will the launch of this mobile app, owners can now manage the vehicle remotely.
In addition to adjusting charging schedule, owners will able to communicate with their Volt and do the following:
· display charge status – plugged in or not, and voltage (120V or 240V)
· tell the vehicle to “Charge Now” or schedule charge timing
· display percentage of battery charge level, electric and total ranges
· receive text or email notifications from the vehicle for charge reminders, interruptions and full charge
· see miles per gallon, electric only miles, and odometer readings
· see miles per gallon, EV miles and miles driven for last trip and lifetime
· remotely start the vehicle to pre-condition the interior temperature
In addition to the above, the application allows owners to lock and unlock their vehicle via their mobile device. Imagine this scenario: you are on a business trip in another city and your partner has left his/her sunglasses in your Volt. Instead of dealing with the burning of their retinas by going without their Guccis, you can now simply hit a few buttons and unlock the vehicle remotely. Drama averted. OnStar saves the day. Slick.