The rugged GMC Terrain has now added GM’s IntelliLink technology to its many customer-satisfying features, providing owners with the kind of voice-activated audio-system operation found on a growing number of today’s top vehicles—but leave it to GMC to also incorporate a handy new upgrade that can’t be found anywhere else.
According to GMC Dealers Miami, IntelliLink starts by leveraging advanced voice-recognition technology from Nuance to provide a range of technologies that help drivers keep their focus on the road. Chief among them: The ability to use spoken commands for hands-free calling and control of the audio system, including MP3 players as well as apps for Pandora and Stitcher Internet music-streaming services.
Then, taking advantage of the seven-inch touch screen that’s part of the Terrain’s standard Color Touch Radio, drivers also gain access to the configurable IntelliLink home screen, with easy-to-use icons for available smartphones, radio functions, other mobile devices, and Pandora and Stitcher.
And in both cases, IntelliLink relies on the Gracenote database to provide album art, song titles and artist names, as well as the ability to use nicknames—like “the Boss” instead of “Bruce Springsteen”—for more natural voice control of the music. But unlike every other vehicle on the road, the Terrain boasts patent-pending technology that combines the Gracenote data with Internet music streaming.
As explained by GM lead engineer Tony Kraatz: “Gracenote is typically limited to devices plugged in to the USB port. 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.”
“About 70 percent of all new car buyers want some form of connectivity,” added Micky Bly, executive director for GM’s infotainment engineering efforts. “Whether it’s because they want to listen to their favorite music or hear movie times on the way to the theater, today’s car buyer expects so much more out of their time in a car.”