I am a huge fan of my 2013 @chevyvolt. The only issue I have with the car has been it’s entertainment stack and how that works (or doesn’t) with the iPhone.
It seems as though there have been improvements, either over the air via OnStar, when I took my car in for maintenance, or via iOS 7.0.4. I have been tracking the same issues since iOS 5, so I doubt that Apple has fixed anything.
When do the issues arise?
- Use Siri to start playing music
- Switch to Bluetooth source on the Volt
- Try to use the controls on the Volt to skip tracks
- or try to use Siri to play new music
What would happen?
- The Volt would switch to Paused mode, while the phone said it was playing
- The Volt would be showing the incorrect song for the music playing
- Everything would finally cease working
- Music would start playing on the iPhone, but not through the Volt
All of these things are terrible on their own, but while driving, it’s downright dangerous, I believe, because it distracts from keeping one’s eyes on the road. People are allowed to use a radio while driving, and this should be as reliable and simple. Therefore I choose to not use this while I drive, and just listen to FM radio.
Chevy has not responded to inquiries about updating the 2013s for Siri Eyes Free, so I think it is safe to say that they will never support this. @Chevrolet has tweeted asking how will we use the new Siri support in our Volts, but we cannot, because the new support isn’t available unless you buy a new car.
In my tests today, it seems that all but the last issue are working better. I hesitate to say resolved because I need more time with the system.
In addition, I found that the issue with the audio muting happens when you are connected to the iPhone via the Bluetooth Source and then use Siri. This causes the Volt to switch to “dialing” mode for Siri. When that is done, it switches back to Bluetooth Source, but no audio is heard. If I switch to another source then then back to Bluetooth, the audio starts, usually about 15 seconds into the song.
Apple and @Chevrolet can get better. I’d appreciate it if @ChevyVolt would give me a way to pay for an upgrade to my $40,000+ car so I can safely use Siri, iTunes Match, and listen to my music in my electric car of the future