General Motors Working On $50 Smartphone App

Posted Mar 30, 2012

General Motors has started working on a $50 smartphone application that could replace your dashboard navigation system. The app is called GoGo Link and it would project smartphone navigation systems into a dashboard touch screen. Drivers would be able to control the system with the touch screen and listen to voice directions through the speakers of the car. The app would work on the iPhone and Android.

GoGo Link will be available later this year in Chevrolet’s 2013 subcompact cars the Spark and Sonic. Maps would also be projected through the smartphone app on to the touch screen dashboard. The app is being developed by EnGIS Technologies in South Korea.

In order for the app to work, the car would have to have a Chevrolet MyLink touch screen system, but GM has not said how much this would cost yet. GM global infotainment manager Sara LeBlanc said that they decided to developed the app after doing research on potential Spark and Sonic buyers. About 90% of these buyers have smartphones and they told GM that they wanted to use navigation systems from their phones because they don’t have the money to pay for a car system.

If you are going to the New York International Auto Show next week, you will be able to see a demo of the GoGo Link in action.