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The U.S. giant, General Motors is working on a new infotainment to compete with Ford’s Sync.

The system will be called Chevrolet MyLink and will provide text messaging, e-mails, traffic advisories and other connected-car functions.

With the Chevrolet MyLink, drivers can use a voice activated system powered by Nuance that will allow them to perform basic tasks such as making phone calls, changing radio stations and even play a requested musician off their connected MP3 player without having to ever take their hands off the wheel. This new system will be up upgrade option beyond the base audio system and will include a 7-inch color LCD display that, at least on the Equinox, is deeply hooded for readability.

Micky Bly, GM executive director of global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, said that people don’t want one device outside their cars and another when they get in a car. And his right.

Among the new benefits provided by MyLink:

  • Enhanced hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance®, which allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and smartphones. A tap of a button on the steering wheel enables intuitive verbal control of smartphone applications like “play (artist name)” or “call (name of contact)” to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Pandora® internet radio allows users to create personalized radio stations based on favorite artists or genres and Stitcher SmartRadio® enables access to thousands of audio programming choices allowing customers to build a personalized listening experience. MyLink integrates control of both of these apps for a driver directed listening experience.
  • Gracenote®: identifies the music collection on the driver’s smartphone or MP3 player and presents information such artist name, genres and album cover art on the MyLink screen and enables users to select similar music to the tunes they love. Gracenote also improves the accuracy of MyLink’s voice activation system by allowing users to access music using artist nicknames, such as “The Boss,” “G.N.R,” or “The Fab Four” simply by using MyLink’s touch-screen or steering wheel buttons and voice control interfaces.
  • Upgraded USB connectivity: While Chevrolet has offered auxiliary device connectivity since 2006, MyLink adds flash memory capability to its USB device connections. This provides users with the ability to access approved applications that will make their MyLink system even more functional, while assuring that driver’s maintain eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Chevrolet MyLink will be available beginning with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox this fall before expanding to other vehicles in the Chevy lineup over the next 18 months.