iOS 11 Introduces ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature’

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference revealed 6 major updates to the newest iOS, including one that will work to prevent you from texting or getting distracted by any notifications from your phone when you are on the road.

How it works:

If the iPhone is connected to your vehicle via a USB charging cable or Bluetooth, or the car is moving, the phone will withhold any text or app notifications when you opt to have the feature turned on. If you do happen to get a text while you’re driving, your phone will send an automatic text in response letting the person know that you’re driving right now and are unable to respond. Additionally, the iPhone screen will lock to prevent the use of any apps while the vehicle is in motion. You can also tell the app that you are the passenger to disable those notification-blocks.

So this is a great idea on Apple’s part to help prevent distracted driving, which is a major issue. But it makes us wonder: How would it work if your vehicle is a Chevy equipped with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free texting?  We’ll have to wait and see.

In addition, the new operating system will have Siri translations, live photo enhancements, floorplan update for Maps, a way to easily transfer payments between individuals with ApplePay, and a more customizable, one page iOS control center. Like most new iOS releases, 11 will probably be made available upon release of the iPhone 8.

Want to learn more? Check out this video courtesy of 9to5Mac.com going over every new feature they could find within the new iOS for both Apple iPad and iPhone.

AT&T Offers Unlimited Data for your Chevy

Chevrolet owners with an in-vehicle OnStar® 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot* will now be able to stream more videos, send more emails, and play more online games (when they’re not driving, of course) thanks to a new $20/month** unlimited prepaid data plan. This is the first such plan from a mass-market automaker and will be welcome news for Chevy owners, who used almost 200% more OnStar® 4G LTE data last year than they did in 2015.

Improving the connected driving experience

15 Malibu 4G lte GIF.gifWith the prepaid unlimited data plan, Chevy owners are now able to enjoy the full potential of their OnStar 4G LTE hotspot without ever running out of data. That means never losing connection when you’re on site on the job, kids can stream as many shows and movies as they wish, and much more.

“We’re pleased to deliver this special unlimited data plan to Chevy owners,” said Chris Penrose, president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Accessing the internet through AT&T’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers now can access all of their content and enjoy endless entertainment on the go.”

Setting a new standard for 4G LTE connectivity

The OnStar Basic Plan, along with 4G LTE connectivity through AT&T, comes standard on all Chevy retail models. Chevrolet is the first automaker to offer this high-speed Wi-Fi Hotspot across its lineup and has sold over 3 million vehicles with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity since 2014. Chevrolet also has more vehicles on the road with 4G LTE than any automaker.

“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

Unlimited data plans are available now across the Chevy lineup at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on both new and select certified pre-owned vehicles. Find all of our inventory on JeffGordonChevy.com, or on the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. You can also just stop by and visit us at 228 South College Rd in Wilmington, North Carolina to get more information from a certified technology expert!

* Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere.

** Plus applicable taxes and fees. Plan provides access to AT&T wireless data services for your equipped vehicle for 30 days. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. Auto-renewal: Plans automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. To cancel at any time, call 1-888-466-7827 or press the blue OnStar button in your vehicle or the advisor link in your mobile app. Monthly charges will automatically be billed by AT&T to credit cards on file on day 30 unless cancelled. Payments are non-refundable (subject to applicable law).

Image Credit: Chevrolet

Press Release:

DETROIT — After using more than 4 million gigabytes of data in 2016, Chevrolet owners in the U.S. with an in-vehicle OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot[1] will now have access to an unlimited prepaid data plan for only $20 per month[2]. It will be available starting March 3, and Chevrolet will offer this groundbreaking plan enabled by AT&T across its entire retail lineup.

Chevrolet data usage has increased exponentially as owners have come to appreciate the ability to stream video on a tablet, send email on a laptop or play online using a gaming console in their vehicles[3], and now customers can utilize the full potential of their OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot without worrying about running out of data.

“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

Last year alone, Chevrolet customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015. In the second half of 2016, Chevy owners used almost as much data as they had the previous 24 months since OnStar 4G LTE launched.

To put this data usage in perspective, Chevrolet owners and their passengers streamed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video in 2016.

“We’re pleased to deliver this special unlimited data plan to Chevy owners,” said Chris Penrose, president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Accessing the internet through AT&T’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers now can access all of their content and enjoy endless entertainment on the go.”

As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker.

Today, along with the 4G LTE connection enabled by AT&T, the OnStar Basic Plan comes standard on all new Chevrolet retail models. The Basic Plan includes select remote vehicle services and the OnStar AtYourService marketplace via the myChevrolet mobile app[4] among other features.

For more information on plans and pricing, please visit OnStar.com.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

ABOUT ONSTAR
Launched in 1996, OnStar is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”) and offers emergency, security, navigation, connections and vehicle manager services in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall models. Totaling more than 11 million customers in North America, Europe, China and South America, OnStar offers a range of standard, subscription and a la carte services such as Advanced Diagnostics, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, OnStar Smart Driver, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the AtYourService marketplace. For more information about OnStar services and features, visit www.onstar.com.

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[1] Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere.

[2] Plus applicable taxes and fees. Plan provides access to AT&T wireless data services for your equipped vehicle for 30 days. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. Auto-renewal: Plans automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. To cancel at any time, call 1-888-466-7827 or press the blue OnStar button in your vehicle or the advisor link in your mobile app. Monthly charges will automatically be billed by AT&T to credit cards on file on day 30 unless cancelled. Payments are non-refundable (subject to applicable law).

[3] Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive distracted. Wi-Fi hotspot intended for passenger use only when vehicle is in operation.

[4] Requires a compatible mobile device. Some features require a paid OnStar service plan.

Jim Cain

Chevrolet Business and Dealer Communications

Mobile 313-407-2843


Dan Pierce

GCCX Communications

Phone +1 314-517-4750

Chevy’s New 2017 Bolt EV Awarded Car of the Year

Chevrolet Makes Fourth MOTOR TREND in 3 Years

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Chevrolet first revealed the Bolt EV as a concept back in January of 2015 – A more affordable alternative to Tesla’s line of all-electric vehicles with an impressive range. Now, as we approach the end of 2016, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is eager to start seeing them (silently) roll in; Even more-so since we learned the 2017 Bolt EV has won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year just this morning.

Official Press Release:

Chevrolet Bolt EV is MOTOR TREND Car of the Year®
Fourth MOTOR TREND award in three years for Chevrolet

LOS ANGELES – MOTOR TREND has recognized the Chevrolet Bolt EV — the all-new affordable electric vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge — as its 2017 Car of the Year®.

The editors based their selection on the Bolt EV’s performance in six evaluation categories: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

“Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bolt EV,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Being recognized once again as MOTOR TREND Car of the Year is a great honor for the entire Chevrolet team.”

It is the fourth MOTOR TREND award for Chevrolet in three years, with the Camaro recognized as the 2016 Car of the Year and Colorado named the 2015 and 2016 Truck of the Year.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

About Bolt EV
With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, Bolt EV owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs with range to spare, when charging regularly. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37,495 includes destination and freight charges, but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Standard features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and 10.2-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror and more.

More information on the benefits of driving electric can be found at http://www.ChevyEVlife.com. More information about the Bolt EV can be found at http://www.Chevrolet.com/bolt.

About MOTOR TREND:
MOTOR TREND®, a media brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, was founded in 1949 and is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the automotive category. The MOTOR TREND brand is comprised of Motor Trend Magazine; the award-winning website MOTORTREND.com; MOTOR TREND Auto Shows; MOTOR TREND Audio; MOTOR TREND en Espanol; MOTOR TREND India; and the renowned MOTOR TREND Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, Truck of the Year and Best Driver’s Car awards programs.

About Chevrolet:
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.

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CONTACT:
Fred Ligouri
Chevrolet Communications
312-405-0160
fred.ligouri@gm.com

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Chevrolet New Roads Magazine | Issue 3

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Chevrolet just released its 3rd Issue of its magazine, New Roads, and it’s available to view online or download as a PDF and save it for later! If you haven’t read or even heard of Chevy’s new magazine, don’t be so quick to turn the other cheek – Along with the expected Chevrolet product content, they also have great articles on culture and history, home and family, and useful information for your daily life.

Click the images below to check out previous issues!

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New Roads – Issue 2

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New Roads – Premiere Issue

GM Invests $500M in Lyft For Autonomous Taxis

The future of ride-sharing and car ownership is in the works.

General Motors Partners with Lyft - Self-Driving Cars

 

Just before Christmas 2015, news spread that Ford had partnered with Google to build self driving cars to create a new ride-sharing business; Google will take advantage of Ford’s experience with actually manufacturing cars, and they will both work to perfect the autonomous technology.

GM’s similar venture, announced at the very start of 2016, is slightly different. They’ve just given the ride-sharing company, Lyft, a half billion dollars for the research and development of self-driving cars to establish “a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.”

Of course, nothing is going to change overnight, and no one has really given an actual time frame in which this technology will actually be real. In the meantime, General Motors is taking advantage of the partnership by becoming a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles through rental hubs for Lyft drivers in various cities throughout the U.S. These drivers and customers will, as a result, have access to GM’s wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services (like Wi-Fi), creating richer ride-sharing experiences for drivers and passengers. GM and Lyft also aim to provide each other’s customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.

Now the question is when will this technology actually become a reality for the general public?

Share Your Thoughts!

1977 Chevrolet Camaro advertisement: Self-driving cars are definitely an interesting idea and will be a huge shift for American culture. But there’s different sides to it. The upside: You don’t have to pay attention! You can play on your phone all you want and you’ll just be shuttled to wherever you need to go. The safety factor as far as drunk, reckless, and distracted driving is a huge deal and would save a lot of people’s lives on the road. Time spent at the DMV will be significantly reduced if we’re not required to have a drivers license! Downside? There are a lot of people out there that do love driving. Cars are a huge part of American culture and if they will all be able to drive themselves, would it kill that part of our identity? (We realize how morbid that sounds.)

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

New Car Seat Will Prevent You From Forgetting Your Baby in the Car

Child Safety Technology Developed by Walmart and Evenflo Company Available Starting Mid-August

New Car Seat Won’t Let You Forget Your Baby in a CarWe originally read about this story on AutoGuide about a car seat that will warn parents that their baby is still in the car, to lessen the risk of having the child die of heat exhaustion in a car. At first we thought: “What a GREAT idea!” It’s heartbreaking to hear these stories of pets and children dying in a hot car because they were just “forgotten.” And, unfortunately, it’s too seldom that we hear about stories like this one, where someone is able to take action and rescue a child before it is too late.

According to nonprofit KidsAndCars.org, an average 38 children die each year due to hot cars and surprisingly in about half the cases, children are simply forgotten about in the car seat. Surprisingly, parents often forget to drop a child off at daycare. – AutoGuide

The car seat supposedly communicates with a wireless receiver that can be plugged in to the on-board diagnostics port and syncs with the buckle clasped over the baby’s chest. It would work much like that annoying ding that goes off when you or your passenger needs to put on their seat belt, or when newer cars won’t let you lock the car if they can sense the keys are still inside. So this is all good and great, but then we read the Facebook comments for this same story that was posted by a local news station… And people were not as positive. It kind of killed our vibe.

For the most part, the bulk of the comments said: “If you leave your kid in the car, you shouldn’t be allowed to have children in the first place.” Well, it’s a little late for that. Unfortunately. There’s no way to point someone out and say: “We believe that if you ever reproduce, you’re the type of person that will leave their baby in a sweltering car one day…” Let’s be realistic. But we also believe that this could possibly happen to a mother or father who could be up for parent of the year. Of course, it seems hard to imagine, but we’ve all had those days where we get so lost in everything that’s going on in our hectic lives, and something very important completely slips our minds. Or, you happen to run into the corner store to get one small thing and you get stuck behind that one person who has a coupon for everything and then tops it off by paying with a CHECK! (Please note, I am not excusing these people. I am simply saying that I do find it possible.) But, based on those extremely negative comments, it brought us to this one mind-boggling question:

Will people actually BUY it? Well, if everyone is the best parent in the world, and there is NO WAY EVER that they could possibly leave their child in a hot car by accident, then no one will buy it. And the “bad parents” who don’t really care for their child’s well-being anyway definitely won’t buy it either. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. If you do buy it, you’re saying that you don’t trust yourself with remembering if your mini-me is in the back seat or not. The amount of parents who think that of themselves as that irresponsible is very slim, I’d imagine.

I’ll say now that I am not a parent myself. If and when I become one, of course I don’t think I could possibly commit this sort of crime. But would I rather be safe than sorry? For $150, I would believe so. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

And while you’re here, check out this disturbing infographic by SafeKids WorldWide.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Unveiled

Another Refreshed Design Coming to Chevy’s 2016 Lineup

But wait, there’s more! Chevrolet has unveiled redesigns all across its lineup for the 2016 model-year since January 2015. Most of us thought that the 2016 Cruze would have been the final reveal, but they just took the cover off a redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500. Surprise! What do you think? (Official press release by Chevrolet below.)

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2016 Silverado: The New Face of Strong

  • Bolder, more sculpted look reflects Silverado strength, dependability
  • Available support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Expanded use of 8-speed transmissions; additional safety technologies

 

DETROIT – Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

“New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup brand this year.”

Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of 8-speed automatic transmissions, updated Chevy MyLink with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and additional safety technologies.

The redesign of the 2016 Silverado 1500 is part of an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy Trucks’ momentum.

Since the introduction of the all-new Silverado 1500 in the spring of 2013, Silverado sales have grown by double digits, on a percentage basis, each year. Through June of this year, Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent. Chevrolet also sold 41,575 midsize Colorados during the same period.

More product details will be available this fall, closer to the public debut of the redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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CONTACT:

Tom Wilkinson

Chevrolet Communications

313-378-6233

tom.wilkinson@chevrolet.com