2013 Chevy Spark Is Packed with Cool Tech
December 8, 2012
by Charlie White
The 2013 Chevy Spark is a relatively low-priced, unusual-looking car -- one that's scarcely 12 feet long and bristling with the latest technology. I tested one over the course of a week, and was especially excited to try out its smartphone integration technology.
With a car priced this low, adding an option for an on-board GPS system could add more than $1,200 to its price. So why not let users bring their own apps on their smartphones, then send the output to the Spark's generously-proportioned 7-inch screen in the center of the dashboard?
The first result of that idea is BringGo, a smartphone app that's not quite ready for release, but works well enough for us to give it a preliminary test. Chevrolet tells it's "aiming for Q1 [first quarter] 2013 availability" for the final version of the app.
So far, BringGo works well enough for me to see its value. Its pleasant navigation voice played nicely with music I had playing in the car, with the music fading to allow me to hear its next direction.
It was fast with its directional instructions, too, and responsive enough to give me ample notice when there was a turn coming up, keeping me from making any frantic last-second turns or lane changes.
I liked the way BringGo let me enter an address from anywhere. Then I could hop into the Spark and have full control of those same directions from the car's big screen. That touchscreen is not quite as responsive as an iPhone's, but the BringGo app shows up on the screen exactly as it looks on the iPhone. I could get used to this.
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