GMC IntelliLink adds further smartphone integration to your ride

GM has introduced its new IntelliLink system that further integrates your smartphone into your car.

General Motors’ GMC brand has just announced that its Color Touch Radio will now be available with its exclusive infotainment IntelliLink technology.

The brand’s Color Touch Radio, which comes standard on the new 2012 GMC Terrain, will provide additional smartphone connectivity to drivers.

Of course, with the ever increasing presence and use of smartphones in our day to day lives, not mention the recent nationwide crack-down on mobile phone use while driving, the notion of giving drivers more gadgets to fiddle with while at the wheel can be a cause for concern. Thankfully GM seems to be fully aware of that apprehension.

According to GM, the interface of the system was designed to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. The IntelliLink system from GM takes the GMC’s Terrain’s standard infotainment display and integrates features typically found in your smartphone. Drivers will now be able to initiate phone calls, access and change radio stations, stream internet radio, and control their iPods via simple touch and voice commands.

Featured on the console’s 7-inch display is an array of icons familiar to anyone with a smartphone. There are corresponding icons for radio, phone, and music. And since the interface mimics that of a smartphone, user will also be able to rearrange the icons to their liking.

On the musical side, IntelliLink allows users several ways to enjoy their music collections. While you can use your standard MP3 player like an iPod, drivers will also be able to simply plug in a USB flash drive loaded with music into the consoles central port.

The IntelliLink system is also compatible with popular internet radio providers such as Pandora and Sticher, which can be streamed via your phone. Pandora listeners will even be able to “thumb up” or “down” a song via the consoles display.

For music lovers that like to see album art displayed vibrantly on their screens, IntelliLink will be able to tap into the Gracenote’s database and project the covers and artist information on the consoles interface.

“Gracenote is typically limited to devices plugged in to the USB port,” said GM lead engineer Tony Kraatz. “With IntelliLink, we are the first company to run Bluetooth streaming audio through the Gracenote database to display album art for music players connected wirelessly.”

IntelliLink is available now in the 2012 GMC Terrain SLT-2 V-6 and will be coming soon to all SLT models. GMC has also stated that IntelliLink connectivity will feature on the 2013 Acadia and Acadia Denali, which go on sale in late 2012.

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