Chevy’s upcoming in-dash app selection to include NPR

By Ben Mook

Chevrolet OnStar 4G LTE in-car connection

Courtesy of General Motors

General Motors announced Monday that the NPR News app will be featured in the inaugural suite of in-car apps the automaker has slated for select 2015 Chevrolet models. 

The announcement was made in conjunction with the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show, which kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas. GM is including OnStar 4G LTE connections in 2015 models of the Chevy Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt. An LTE connection makes a vehicle a WiFi hotspot and allows drivers to download apps to the dashboard including NPR, The Weather Channel, Priceline.com and Slacker Radio.

According to NPR, the new app will use GPS to find a local NPR station and designate it as a “primary favorite.” The app will announce the station and play hourly news and the station’s live stream.

Users can add other stations to the app as well and find member stations using a search function. Upwards of 30 programs will be available on-demand, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. NPR said the app will also allow drivers to create automated playlists focused on topics such as politics and technology.

Drivers will also be able to tap into 80 continuous music streams from NPR and stations such as WXPN, KCRW and WBGO.

The News App will also be featured in GM’s international make, Opel, for 2015 versions of the Insignia car. The international version will have multiple menu languages including German, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.

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