Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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    Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala
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    November 27, 2012


    When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala goes on sale next spring, it will do much more than reinvent the brand’s flagship sedan. It will be the first with Chevrolet’s next-generation MyLink infotainment system, designed to be easy to use, highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices.

    The system represents Chevrolet’s first use of natural language voice recognition that allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do. There are no key phrases to remember and no need to look at a screen. In addition to the touch screen, MyLink also can be operated via large, clearly labeled knobs or through integrated steering wheel controls.

    Another first for Chevrolet is that the system can store up to 60 favorites including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media – a convenient feature, for example, for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.

    Even the graphic treatment of the instrument cluster and integrated stack can be customized to one of four distinct personalities, depending on who’s behind the wheel – Contemporary, Edge, Velocity and Main Street.

    “MyLink in the new Impala provides our customers with a total driver experience,” said Nina Mital, next-generation MyLink program manager. “With the natural voice recognition, it’s like having a conversation with your vehicle.”

    The system is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements, Mital said. The next-generation MyLink system also will be used in other 2014 model year Chevrolets including upcoming full-size trucks and SUVs and the Corvette.

    Unlike previous systems, both the instrument cluster and the integrated center stack are configurable, giving the customer the ability to display infotainment controls in direct view if desired, without ever having to view the center screen. A microphone above the driver helps ensure voice commands are heard.

    On the Impala’s standard 4.2-inch high-resolution LCD screen or available eight-inch screen, customers will immediately notice the layout resembles a smartphone or tablet, with intuitive, easy-to-read icons. On the eight-inch screen, customers can fling through lists, swipe and click and drag just as they would on a tablet.

    Those with compatible smartphones can pair them with MyLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. This gives customers the ability to play passengers’ music or other media through the vehicle’s speakers.

    Another new feature allows customers whose Impalas are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also provided.

    Customer preferences were studied globally during the next-gen MyLink development process. “We received a lot of good customer feedback and we used it to make enhancements to the system,” said Mital.

    Even OnStar accessibility expands. Besides the venerable Blue button, customers can access OnStar via the screen display.

    The 2014 Chevrolet Impala includes six months of OnStar’s premium Directions and Connections service. OnStar brings added safety, security and connectivity to these vehicles, including services such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance.

    Most smartphone owners can also download the RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. For more information on OnStar’s services, visit onstar.com.

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Sounds good. Like others have said, it seems like a lot of carry over features from the Cadillac CUE. I currently use the Onstar app for my CTS and I love its features. Its great to see more vehicles getting this functionality.

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    I thought the my link in the spark used the cell phone to provide navigation
    Another new feature allows customers whose Impalas are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also provided.
    do I understand that GM is again making Navigation optional @ extra cost or is there an "embedded" version and a "CELL provided" version?
    I have used my cell for navigation a few times a year but will not pay to have the feature

    and this sounds better then caddy CUE, I assume these features will show up in CUE shortly

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I thought the my link in the spark used the cell phone to provide navigation

    do I understand that GM is again making Navigation optional @ extra cost or is there an "embedded" version and a "CELL provided" version?
    I have used my cell for navigation a few times a year but will not pay to have the feature

    and this sounds better then caddy CUE, I assume these features will show up in CUE shortly
    Nav is extra on this and every other GM product except Escalade. The Spark does not offer a traditional SD card based nav, it offers nav via your phone in which the screen syncs with your phone and displays the nav info. the Impala now has actual voice recognition for nav inputs like CUE. When you dont have nav you can use the voice control for audio related functions just like Intellilink and CUE. The part of the PR you highlighted is simply saying that you can speak an address naturally and the system will understand it, just like CUE.

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    I predict that within the next couple years, the NEXT big thing will be knobs and no screen. Otherwise, what will be out there for "Boomers" to buy?
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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by 1487 View Post
    Nav is extra on this and every other GM product except Escalade. The Spark does not offer a traditional SD card based nav, it offers nav via your phone in which the screen syncs with your phone and displays the nav info. the Impala now has actual voice recognition for nav inputs like CUE. When you dont have nav you can use the voice control for audio related functions just like Intellilink and CUE. The part of the PR you highlighted is simply saying that you can speak an address naturally and the system will understand it, just like CUE.
    I feel it would significantly help inventory control and vehicle availability if every car on the lot with an LCD were upgradable to navigation by simply adding a reasonably priced SD card.

    That said, I could understand if such an upgrade were not available to vehicles with the base radios that have a smaller screen size such as the 4.2" version in the Impala. The smaller size could present user interface issues with the in-vehicle versions having so much more to do.
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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    I would rather the screen just displayed my smart phone/device.
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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    I hope the 8" screen and configurable cluster are available on the next gen 2500HD (without having to opt for more than the LT package unless the seating configurations are not the same as this generation... I need 6 passenger seating but still want a nicer trim package. Currently you're limited to 5 passengers in an LTZ.)

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Quote Originally Posted by 1487 View Post
    Nav is extra on this and every other GM product except Escalade. The Spark does not offer a traditional SD card based nav, it offers nav via your phone in which the screen syncs with your phone and displays the nav info. the Impala now has actual voice recognition for nav inputs like CUE. When you dont have nav you can use the voice control for audio related functions just like Intellilink and CUE. The part of the PR you highlighted is simply saying that you can speak an address naturally and the system will understand it, just like CUE.
    is the phone based nav function on the other car models with out the built in nav up grade? and can't SIRI take voice commands and program the phone nav or will GM prevent that feature?

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    The one thing that has never really been answered is whether MyLink can be upgraded? Will current owners be able to download and install these improvements on their systems? That's one area where MyFordTouch really excels, in that until they change to a new generation of hardware, any updates to the system on the newer cars can generally be applied to the current ones.

    I hope GM does it the "right" way and makes the features available to current users, either by download or a free or inexpensive update at the dealer.
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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Hope this is a system Consumer Reports can finally find acceptable so that it won't keep them from recommending GM vehicles with touch screen systems.

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    Re: Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Does this do away with the need for on star?

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