Chevrolet Spark MyLink to Turn On TuneIn

Free app in 2013 brings live local, international and Internet radio to Spark models

2012-09-11


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LOS ANGELES – The Chevrolet Spark, on sale in more than 100 countries, became a bit more worldly today with the announcement that early next year, Spark’s MyLink Radio will add the capability of a free smartphone app that can connect Spark owners with streaming audio powerhouse TuneIn and its global network of more than 70,000 stations.

“The TuneIn app for MyLink gives Spark buyers a truly global, personalized infotainment solution,” said Sara LeBlanc, global program manager for Chevrolet and General Motors infotainment. “Soon, Spark buyers around the world will have the ability to listen to electronic music from Europe, a talk show in Africa or classic rock in L.A., all controlled through the car radio. For our customers, it gives a whole new meaning to the question, ‘What in the world are you listening to?’ ”

Based in Palo, Alto, Calif., TuneIn has connected 40 million people across 230 countries and territories to global audio content via mobile apps for all smartphone and tablet platforms, smart TVs, smart radios, connected vehicles and online at tunein.com. 

To access TuneIn through the Spark’s MyLink Radio, an owner simply downloads the free TuneIn app to a compatible smartphone and connects the phone with MyLink for safe, seamless connectivity to live local, international and Internet radio. Users can search for programming by location, genre, sports team name, station type or call sign.

TuneIn integration with the Spark’s MyLink Radio is enabled by Livio Connect technology, developed by Livio of Ferndale, Mich.

Chevrolet said it expects TuneIn will be available for Spark in the first quarter of 2013. In addition to Spark 1LT and 2LT models, MyLink Radio is standard on the Chevrolet Sonic RS, which goes on sale this fall.

“When we announced our BringGo full-function navigation app earlier in the year, we said the beauty of MyLink Radio for Spark was the ease of expanding and updating the system with new smartphone apps,” said LeBlanc. “Now, TuneIn adds another dimension to Spark infotainment.”

How MyLink Radio for Spark works

The Spark’s MyLink Radio functions as an extension of the owner’s Android, BlackBerry or iPhone smartphone. MyLink also supports phones with the Symbian operating system from Nokia and phones with the Windows Mobile operating system from Microsoft.

Owners connect their customized music libraries, contacts, videos and photos with the radio using their smartphones, and the vehicle’s Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB. Then, they select from options projected onto the seven-inch color touch-screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings.

Each menu selection takes the user though a list of easy-to-select functions while the smartphone is safely stowed.

Spark’s MyLink Radio launched this summer with two embedded apps: Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio. When owners with these services connect their compatible smartphones via Bluetooth, or by plugging in, they can access these and other functions:

  • Personal playlists of stored music
  • Hands-free calling with Bluetooth-enabled voice activation from the customer’s smartphone when the steering wheel button is depressed. (Visit gm.com/Bluetooth for a list of compatible smartphones)
  • Ability to project video via USB while the vehicle is parked 
  • Ability to project a photo album in “slideshow” mode via USB while the vehicle is parked, with the last music selection playing in the background. Once the vehicle is moving, a single photo is viewable.

BringGo adds full-function navigation, traffic updates

The BringGo embedded smartphone app for MyLink will be available in the fourth quarter and provides:

  • Emergency information such as police, fire and the nearest hospital
  • Thousands of points of interest, such as the nearest department store, restaurant by type, repair shop, etc.
  • Local Search via Google
  • Where am I? locator
  • Live traffic functionality provides crash reports and lane closures and alternative routes
  • 3-D maps
  • Ability to calculate remaining miles of range
  • Ability to store native maps to the customer’s smartphone, giving them access to locations and turn-by-turn directions even when phone signal quality is poor. Many GPS-enabled apps do not do this

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About TuneIn

TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are, with over 70,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. To date, TuneIn has raised venture funding from General Catalyst, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

About Livio

Metro Detroit-based Livio was built in the guest bedroom of Livio Radio founder and CEO Jake Sigal’s home in 2008 on the foundation of “More Music, Less Work.” Today, it’s a philosophy, a way of life that drives Livio employees and a growing list of breakthrough products. Whether they’re moving technology forward with products sold under the Livio Radio consumer brand or creating common-sense solutions for business customers through Livio Connect, a day’s work at Livio means everybody hustles. More information can be found at www.LivioConnect.com and www.LivioRadio.com.

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The Chevrolet Spark comes equipped with a full-color, seven-inch touch screen radio – nearly double the size of any other vehicle in the segment – that features the new MyLink infotainment system. The Spark will also feature the new BringGo embedded smartphone navigation app for a one-time cost of $50. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

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The 2013 Chevrolet Spark drives through Ann Arbor, Michigan Monday, July 23, 2012. The Spark comes equipped with a full-color, seven-inch touch screen radio – nearly double the size of any other vehicle in the segment – that features the new MyLink infotainment system. The Spark will also feature the new BringGo embedded smartphone navigation app for a one-time cost of $50. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

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