General Motors has confirmed the next-generation MyLink infotainment system we told you would debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this week will first be available in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
According to a press release from GM, the updated MyLink system represents GM’s first use of “natural language” voice recognition and allows users to safely place phone calls, enter navigation system destination points, browse media, play music, and control other functions by telling the vehicle what to do. Unlike earlier hands-free media systems in cars from both GM and other automakers, there is no need to remember key phrases that trigger specific actions.
If talking to your car is a little too “2001: A Space Odyssey” for you, GM says the system can be operated via a set of large, clearly labeled knobs or integrated steering wheel controls.
The system makes both the instrument cluster and the center stack customizable for the user, according to the release. Compatible smartphones can be linked to the system via Bluetooth or USB connection.
The 2014 Impala will go on sale next spring. GM said the updated MyLink system will be available in other GM models, from compact cars all the way up to heavy-duty trucks, in the 2014 model year.