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2012 Volt will be one of the first Chevys to get MyLink  (Source: Chevrolet)
MyLink is like Sync with a bowtie

Ford has been equipping many of its vehicles with the Sync system as a low-cost option for a few model years. Sync was one of the first voice controls and hands free infotainment systems to be integrated into mainstream vehicles and since then several other makers have introduced their own solutions.

Chevrolet is one of the last major brands that hasn’t offered a similar option on its cars. That has now changed with the introduction of Chevrolets MyLink service that is at its core nearly exactly like Sync. Sync and the MyLink from Chevy are both powered by Nuance technology for voice commands and the tech has its good and bad points. It struggles a bit with accents at times, and other times the Nuance voice tech will recognize a command easily and five minutes later have a hard time executing the same command.

Chevrolet has integrated the MyLink system to start with into its 2011 Volt and Equinox vehicles. The option will come to other vehicles later. The MyLink system builds on OnStar according to Chevy and also allows users to access apps on their smartphones like Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio using Bluetooth connectivity to the user's smartphone. Sync can do those things too.

"There is a new generation of car buyers who don't want to settle for mass market radio," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.  "They want to create their own individual stations and have access to them wherever they are. Chevrolet vehicles have offered customers the ability to use portable media devices since 2006 and the introduction of MyLink takes media personalization to a new level."

"Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity," said Karl Stracke, vice president for Global Product Engineering.  "MyLink leverages the mobile broadband capability and the sophisticated, online services made possible by today's smartphones."

MyLink has USB connectivity and uses Gracenote. Gracenote is able to look at the tunes on the user's smartphone or MP3 player and will shoot the album art and track details to the MyLink screen on the dash of the car, album art is something Sync can't do right now. 

Ford has caught some heat for the difficult to use nature of Sync coupled with MyFord Touch. Recently Consumer Reports noted that the system was hard to use and Ford is actually offering courses on using the system at dealers.





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