You’ve heard of Google Maps’ Street View, which has photos of your destination taken by Google cameras. Now imagine Google’s Street View from the actual street. GM and Ford have each paired up with Google Maps to provide the most accurate directions for their drivers.
OnStar customers already have the Turn-By-Turn Navigation Service available in specific models of their GM vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Sierra, which makes it possible for drivers to tell OnStar the destination and be directed every step of the way. Drivers also can send MapQuest directions to their GM vehicle using a service called eNav, which OnStar translates to automated voice-guided directions.
“The eNav feature of our Turn-by-Turn service allows drivers to keep their eyes, hands and minds where they need to be – on the road,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar vice president of new business development.
Soon, users also will be able to search for and identify destinations using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service in their vehicles.
Drivers who use Ford’s SYNC® with Traffic, Directions, and Information (TDI) will be able to map their route via Google Maps and download it to their Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. SYNC then calculates the best possible route based on traffic and navigation preferences set by the driver.
"Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age," said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. "It's convenient and it eliminates the waste and distraction of paper maps, conserving resources while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road."
The SYNC in-car communication and entertainment system is available for several Ford vehicles, such as the Ford Fusion, and is standard in most Lincoln cars.
Be looking for the Google Maps addition to OnStar and SYNC later this month!