General Motors offers new radio upgrade with USB port

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General Motors is now offering an optional USB port as a radio upgrade on some of its higher-end models. The new radios are available now in the Chevrolet Cobalt, the HHR and the Pontiac G5.

The USB port provides a direct connection to playing iPods and other personal music players through the vehicle’s stereo system—a function already serviced by numerous other devices. The novelty of the USB-equipped radio (new only to GM—Ford’s Sync system premiered this technology more than a year ago) is its ability to charge the device while in use.

Another feature that sets this development above its external predecessors is the electronic display. Users will be able to control their personal music players (even inexpensive ones) using the radio controls, and see the details of their selections on the screen.

Beginning next summer, the radio upgrade will be available in the Pontiac G6 and Solstice, the Chevy Malibu, and the Saturn Sky and Aura.  

Related links:
News on GM's new radio from the AP
BusinessWeek: GM opens second plant in India

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