2011 Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept, Unveiled at 2010 Beijing Motor Show

2011 Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept, Unveiled at 2010 Beijing Motor Show

Google, known for their web searching expertise, has been rapidly expanding it's influence on modern communication technology.  The Android smartphone operating system has been a crowd favorite, and may soon be making it's way into the dashboard of new General Motors vehicles.

Most manufacturers, including GM, now offer options for built-in navigation, bluetooth, and auxiliary audio/video input capability.  Ford, however, has taken major steps towards setting itself apart, with its new Sync system - through a partnership with software giant, Microsoft.  Sync allows drivers' devices to live in peace and harmony with their new Ford vehicles in a way that has never been possible before.

General Motors' OnStar system begins to look dated when compared to Sync.  The company maybe negotiating a partnership with Google to introduce a new package that could potentially compete quite will with Sync.  Android equipped GM vehicles could offer drivers and passengers all of Sync's goodies, and maybe more.  Signs point to the Chevy Volt as the first car in their lineup to offer the Android package.  Special features could include the ability to lock, unlock, and check battery status from a cellular device.

Smartphone and personal media player connectivity are likely features.  Google would be an excellent source for turn-by-turn driving directions and POI information.  Here lies a possible conflict, however, between the GPS capability of OnStar and Google.  Details are mostly in the form of rumors at this point, so stay tuned for updates.

We (I speak for Americans) have become so dependent on our communication and transportation devices that it makes good sense for manufacturers like GM and Ford to create easy links between the two.  I'm also of the opinion that Google is on a path to world domination, so a partnership with a massive global corporation like GM can't hurt right?

[Motor Trend]