This just in: Autoweek.com reports that QNX Software Systems is supplying the operating system for Chevrolet MyLink, a new infotainment system that will debut in the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox vehicles. (Update: Since my original post, Panasonic’s key role in the MyLink project, as tier one system supplier, has also been made public. See the report from Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics.)
QNX already provides the OS for the GM OnStar system, as well as for infotainment systems from Audi, Acura, BMW, Fiat, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota, and other manufacturers.
According to GM, MyLink builds “on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora internet radio and Sticher SmartRadio using hands-free voice and touchscreen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity.”
Here’s a photo of the 7” touchscreen, installed in a Chevy Equinox:
While MyLink embraces personalized radio, it retains the capabilities of GM’s existing entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, and auxiliary and USB inputs.
Other features include Nuance-powered voice control for initiating phone calls and selecting media/radio stations; Gracenote database for displaying album art and generating personal playlists; and extended USB support for flash memory devices.
For more info on MyLink, check out the GM website.