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Tech Tuesday Number 3: Who Has the Best Infotainment System
That interactive screen found in most new cars has significant impact on purchase decisions, meaning new car buyers want a system that is responsive, pretty and easy to use. We’ve decided to rank our experiences with the infotainment systems offered by major auto makers.
We’ll start with an honorable mention: We’d love to include the 17-inch screen found in the Tesla Model S but it’s too niche and limited to a vehicle few people can afford to own. However, it features a responsive screen that can be horizontally split. There is also a built in web browser.
Beyond that, the system is quite cluttered looking, but features some of the latest high-tech hardware. We can’t wait until Tesla’s cars, and by extension infotainment system, becomes more affordable.
It’s no real surprise, but automotive manufacturers are turning into incorporating apps into their infotainment systems and it appears that General Motors wants to be the first to trademark the words “App Shop” and “Appshop” for their Chevy MyLink system.
The filing for the trademark was described in the following way:
“Computer software to manage connectivity of downloaded software applications with motor land vehicle electric, information and entertainment systems.”
In addition to, “Online retail platform featuring computer software to manage connectivity of downloaded software applications with motor land vehicle electric, information and entertainment systems.”
The Chevy MyLink system is being incorporated in the 2012 Equinox, 2013 Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Sonic. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a majority of automotive manufacturers to be employing an app store of some sort in their infotainment systems in the years to come, given how popular the word “apps” has become over the last few years.
[Source: GM Authority]
A solid performer for GM, the GMC Terrain is poised to step up its game in the compact crossover segment with a host of new high-tech gadgets.
First among the list of additions is a new infotainment system that will include a touch-screen and integrate systems like smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth and will also allow for hands-free control. The new telematics system is likely to be called GMC MyLink.
But the technology download doesn’t stop on there, the the Terrain set to get several impressive safety features, such as a blind spot alert system, a collision avoidance system and a lane departure system.
What isn’t clear is if the Terrain’s sister car, the Chevy Equinox, will also get these updates as well.
Read AutoGuide’s 2011 GMC Terrain Review Here