The Connected Car - Holden MyLink Infotainment explained
When Holden first launched its innovative MyLink infotainment system back in the 2012 Barina CDX hatch it was a game-changer for customers and connectivity.
With embedded apps including Stitcher Smart Radio, TuneIn Radio and BringGo navigation, as well as Bluetooth and USB connections to seamlessly integrate a smartphone with the car, the new system provided customers with unprecedented connectivity and entertainment options.
But that was only the beginning, for the modular system was designed to be easily upgraded as new technologies came on stream. In 2013, Holden MyLink became the first system to offer full compatibility with the music app Pandora and in the VF Commodore, the first to offer Siri® Eyes Free Integration for iPhone® users in an Australian-made car, along with enhanced voice recognition and text to voice capabilities.
Now, Holden is continuing to ensure the MyLink system offers the very latest technologies with Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto available in the new Captiva, Insignia VXR and forthcoming all-new Holden Spark before being rolled out across the Holden range.
These two “phone projection” apps from Apple and Google replicate your mobile phone’s screen on the MyLink touchscreen and enable direct control of certain smartphone apps via the touchscreen including voice-to-text functionality. You can also play tunes from your Spotify account and navigate with ease to all your favourite destinations using maps.
Android Auto is currently available for free* from the Google Play® store and is supported by most smartphones running the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, while Apple CarPlay® is currently available for free^ and runs on all iPhone® 5 and 6 models. To access both apps via the MyLink touchscreen or through the car’s voice activation system, simply connect the phone to the MyLink system via a USB cable.
Holden’s General Manager of Product Definition, Sajed Sbeih says the integration of the new apps into Holden vehicles was all about offering customers the very latest technology to enhance their motoring experience.
“Apple and Google have been game-changers in terms of developing technology for vehicle applications and Holden was keen to be among the first to partner with these innovative companies,” says Sbeih.
“You can get into a car now, and your phone messages, music and apps will all be linked.”
He says with Australians having one of the highest smartphone usage rates in the world, Holden wanted to be able to offer its customers the technology to keep them connected wherever they were.
“This is a space where we can be a leader and be innovative. As an early adopter of these new apps from Apple and Google, Holden is really putting its customers first so they can continue to stay seamlessly connected through the MyLink system and enjoy the benefits of this technology,” says Sbeih.
Siri, iPhone and Apple CarPlay are all registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Android and Google Play are both registered trademarks of Google Inc.
*Pricing current as of 10/03/2016
^Pricing current as of 10/03/2016