Chevy Volt Android appWhen the Chevrolet Volt electric car because available later this year, it'll do so with an Android counterpart in tow. A Volt application for Android (and the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm) is in the works that will let you communicate with the Volt and manage how it's charging.

Connecting through the OnStar service, there's a bank of standard gauges that will show you the car's status. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. From there, you receive reminders to plug in the vehicle (how weird does that sound?), or recharging power is cut. That not smart enough for you? You can set the car to only charge during off-peak utility times. You can turn on the heat or AC remotely while it's still plugged into the grid, saving the battery.

There's a demo available now for the Motorola Droid at OnStarMobileDemo.com. This isn't quite Jetsons flying car stuff, but it's definitely getting closer.

Via AutoBlog

 
There are 5 comments

IzRey says:

What about alarm codes from the car computer. They should really make those things more easily accessible to the general public.

Sounds like a great idea to me though.....how much does OnStar cost??

Phillip says:

That is amazing. Two of the new techs I've been following most combining in a really cool way. Now if only I could afford the Volt...

So info about my car will be going through Chevrolet's servers before reaching me so my mobile device can talk to it. I don't really consider that innovative. Rather a way to disguise the intrusive gathering of information as a "feature". Keep your crap, because people can build their own electric vehicles and use older bodies to pay less in personal property tax each year.

Holy Crap! This is gonna push this over the top! And check it out, I found the Chevy Volt release date !!