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Top Tech Cars 2013: Chevrolet Spark

But in technical terms, consider the Spark a 1000-kilogram box with a cool gizmo inside: Chevrolet MyLink. Instead of the pricey embedded hardware and software found in nearly every automobile, the Spark integrates all music, phone, navigation, and video through a smartphone and its apps. Those phones communicate with the Spark’s simple 18-cm display screen , which is nearly devoid of hard buttons and needs no dashboard navigation systems or switches. Such gadgets are notorious cash cows for automakers, with consumers beginning to question why they should pay $1000 or more for optional navigation units that become obsolete faster than the cars themselves. By contrast, you can update the Spark’s phone-based maps and systems by just downloading a new app, giving this bargain-priced Chevy a leg up over a six-figure Bentley. The Spark comes with Sirius XM satellite service and...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/advanced-cars/chevrol...

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