Chevy uses Spark EV to demo TuneIn app at CES 2013

Chevy expands the app capability of the Spark and Sonic models, integrating the TuneIn Internet radio app to its MyLink infotainment system.

2013 Chevrolet Spark
The Chevy Spark's MyLink system includes a menu for smartphone apps. Josh Miller/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Bolstering the trend of app integration in cars, Chevy showed how it is integrating the TuneIn Internet radio app into its future cars. For CES 2013, Chevy unveiled a Spark EV with the new app integration.

Chevy's new Spark mini-car comes with a touch screen and the MyLink infotainment system in upper trim models. MyLink allows connectivity with smartphones for phone calls and music playback. At launch, it also introduced Pandora and Stitcher app integration.

The TuneIn app will give drivers access to 70,000 radio stations around the world. To use it, drivers will need to have TuneIn running on an Android or iOS device, connected to the car through Bluetooth or USB cable, with an active Internet connection.

Chevy has also been demonstrating a navigation app, BringGo, running on a smartphone with display and control through the car's touch screen. BringGo integration should be available this year.

Chevy says the TuneIn integration will be available later this year in Spark and Sonic models.

The Spark EV was introduced at the recent Los Angeles auto show as a 2014 model, to go on sale this year. It will come standard with MyLink.

 

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