It is reported by Motor Trend that GM is currently in talks with the search master in interest of using their Android operating system in its vehicles. If the he said, she said is indeed true, it is expected that a test run will first be placed in the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. For all those who love their Android phones or other smartphones, the app alone will probably have you heading to your local dealership once placed on the lot. With some naming it the “Volt app”, it is said that Google and GM will have a smartphone app that allows you to see where your cars battery life is at, monitor it’s charging status, unlock your car and (simply, of course) start your car.
The perks of the car sans Google? This electric vehicle (uses electricity as its primary power source and gasoline as its secondary source) has many benefits, mainly energy diversification, reduced oil consumption, and reduced emissions. The Chevy Volt is said to travel up to 40 miles on one battery charge. Not to mention a daily charging of the Volt will only cost you roughly 80 cents and consume less electric energy annually than your own refrigerator. The once a day charge rate is about 80 cents. It is also reported to get 230 miles/gallon on city fuel economy and come with a flex fuel powered engine generator. It’s not so bad on the eyes, either.
If successful, this power duo will likely beat out the popularity of the Microsoft/Ford SYNC currently found in their Blue Oval products. The Volt was unveiled by GM last summer, with an expected release in sales end of this year (price yet to be determined).