A lot of praise has been heaped on the new Subaru Starlink infotainment/connectivity systems. Sometimes, not so much. However, Subaru is making it easier for the end user to access apps via the Clarion Smart Access platform.
In the 2015 Legacy and Outbacks, the Starlink system can connect to the cloud via Smart Access. Then the head unit’s display allows you to select apps and services that are good-to-go while behind the wheel. The platform debuts with iHeartRadio, as well as news and weather information apps. In addition, it can automatically push the user’s calendar data directly to the vehicle’s head unit display. Notably, additional apps and services will be made available in the future without requiring vehicle software updates. Drivers can access these functionalities via the Subaru Starlink App.
The Subaru Starlink App is now available as a free download from Google Play and iTunes app stores, and the technology will be offered on more Subaru vehicle models in the near future.
Clarion Corporation of America President Paul S. Lachner said, “We have been working on perfecting our exclusive Smart Access connectivity platform relentlessly for several years in order to assure reliability, safety and distraction-free operation of the system while driving. We are thrilled to customize and launch our connectivity platform with Subaru, one of our premier partners, and are excited to provide their customers the ability to connect to the cloud safely and securely using their smartphones and let them enjoy a customized and continually updated infotainment experience.”
Subaru of America President Thomas J. Doll said, “By making STARLINK standard on the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback models, we have given Subaru drivers a highly-accessible driving companion right in their dashboards. This gateway to the Internet will effortlessly and automatically push relevant data directly where it is needed most.”