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GM introduces new IntelliLink smartphone connectivity

The IntelLink system lets you organize icons according to your preferences
The IntelLink system lets you organize icons according to your preferences
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The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
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The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
The IntelLink system lets you organize icons according to your preferences
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The IntelLink system lets you organize icons according to your preferences
IntelLink should give you control of your music and phone while allowing you to focus your eyes on the road
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IntelLink should give you control of your music and phone while allowing you to focus your eyes on the road
The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
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The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
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The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
IntelLink offers Bluetooth music streaming and smartphone integration
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IntelLink offers Bluetooth music streaming and smartphone integration
Keep both hands on the wheel while controlling the radio with your voice
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Keep both hands on the wheel while controlling the radio with your voice
GMC defines the Terrain as a crossover/small SUV
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GMC defines the Terrain as a crossover/small SUV
The GMC Terrain delivers up to 32 mpg with GM's Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
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The GMC Terrain delivers up to 32 mpg with GM's Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
The Terrain comes in front-wheel and all-wheel drive
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The Terrain comes in front-wheel and all-wheel drive
The Terrain navigates a snowy road outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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The Terrain navigates a snowy road outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This week, GM rolled out the IntelliLink system. The system connects wirelessy to your smartphone and provides voice-activated access to phone and audio functions. It's the latest example of the growing number of in-vehicle smartphone connectivity systems.

The IntelliLink system turns the vehicle infotainment display into a smartphone-like interface with a configurable series of icons. The system integrates a voice control function that allows drivers to place a phone call and request a specific artist or song without pulling their hands or eyes from their respective driving duties.

In terms of music, IntelliLink offers several options. Drivers don't need a proper MP3 player to enjoy digital music and can simply plug a music-loaded flash drive into the USB port in the center console. The system also allows for wireless Bluetooth streaming from services like Stitcher and Pandora when paired with a smartphone. It displays album and artist information streamed from the Gracenote database on the seven-inch color display.

"Gracenote is typically limited to devices plugged in to the USB port," said GM lead engineer Tony Kraatz. "With IntelliLink, we are the first company to run Bluetooth streaming audio through the Gracenote database to display album art for music players connected wirelessly."

Unlike some other systems available on cars today, the IntelLink system does not include any type of voice-activated text messaging or social networking features.

The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option
The 2012 GMC Terrain offers the IntelLink system as an option

A public relations rep for GM told us that the IntelLink system will be shared between GMC and Buick. It will be standard equipment on all Buick sedans and will be offered as an option on the GMC Terrain and Acadia. Chevy offers the MyLink, which is based on the same technology as the IntelLink system, while Cadillac has its own independent connectivity system called CUE.

Source: General Motors

1 comment
Paul Cianfrani
I am using IPHONE5 with intellilink in my new terrain. When I receive calls, the system jumps to TRANSFER CALL and shows the call as a PRIVATE CALL. I have to actually transfer the call in order to get the caller thru the system. Apple says its not the iPhone. Is this a bug in the intellilink system. I can't find a setting that could be causing this!!!!