Chevy Volt app coming to iPhone and BlackBerry

by Mike
Posted December 10th, 2009 at 3:06 pm


My #1 passion is by far gadgets. Hands down. But one of my more minor hobbies involves following the automotive sphere. I love reading the various car magazines containing the up and coming latest and greatest in the mechanical world of cars. But because this is a gadget/technology blog, cars rarely make it on these pages. Every once in a while however something comes along that just so happens to appease the car side of my interest while pinging the gadget side long and hard. Regardless of how you feel about the Chevy volt — Too Expensive? Too ugly? Too average? — the level of sophistication being packaged inside is actually pretty geeky. Just how geeky didn’t become fully apparent to me until I saw news of a Chevy Volt iPhone and BlackBerry app (No Android love!?) The app at first appears to simply offer information as to the state of your Volt’s electrical and mechanical systems, displaying everything in an easy to read and graphically appealing layout. Hopefully it doesn’t stop there.

I say hopefully because we don’t know much else about this app. It was only briefly mentioned on stage without much description. Checking out car specs is cool and all, but I would like to see more useful features added as well. Simple things such as locking/unlocking the doors, starting the car to charge the battery, adjusting radio stations, and copying over GPS coordinates/map directions from your mobile device onto the in-vehicle navigation unit are but a few things that could make a novel and mildly useful app crucial in many eyes.

mercedes appYou may recall a similar app created by Hughes Telematics for Mercedes-Benz vehicles that gave some basic functionality such as door locking/unlocking. The only problem with the Mercedes app is that again it is rather basic with the UI in particular leaving much to be desired as well as a lofty annual price of $280. I’m sorry, but even if I had money coming out of my dog’s ass, I still wouldn’t spend almost $300/year just to see a few of my cars specs and perform a few other functions remotely. To each his own I guess.

Hopefully GM didn’t skimp on developers making the Chevy Volt app or those responsible for integrating it into the car itself. Such a misstep would likely hamper GM’s efforts to rebuild their image as a world class leading, technology minded company *chuckles*.

As an added treat for sitting through my ramblings, a video. We all like videos right?


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  • JWhite
    December 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Actually the mobile app is free! The mbrace service is $280 a month which is for 12 in-vehicle services, not just the few services on the mobile app. Check out

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