Exploring IntelliLink and How It Improves ‘Office Life’
As a driving instructor, your office is your car, you spend anywhere up to 16 hours a day in your ‘office,’ so comfort and convenience is a must. Time spent between lessons is a valuable opportunity to check in and organise future lessons with your pupils. In 2016 Vauxhall introduced its all new and improved IntelliLink infotainment system. This introduction was arguably the biggest change by Vauxhall in a decade. It allows you to effortlessly organise your day, week and month. The 7” screen allows you to safely get the most out of your Android or Apple device.
What is IntelliLink
What IntelliLink gives you is AM/FM/DAB radio stations along with Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to make and receive calls along with stream music straight from your media device.
The real show stealer is when you connect your iPhone or Android via USB cable. This launches Apple Car Play or Android Auto. Apple Car Play and Android Auto will display Apps and turn the 7” touchscreen into a central hub. Key Apps will be displayed and read to you, such as Phone, Messages, Audible, Podcasts, Spotify and the most practical one, Maps.
Few people know that when using Maps, it is not actually too data intensive, modern phones have GPS built in, the only data used is the download of the actual route you are taking. GPS in the phone takes care of the rest. Check out this Reddit post where users of Maps back this up. So, plugging in your phone to the USB slot gives you a GPS displayed on the screen to get to your next pupil’s address.
Maps and Google Maps also track addresses in your texts, emails and recent history to try and predict the location you’d next like to go.
If you’re still worried about using data, check back for the next blog that will look at Vauxhall’s OnStar assistant.
How is this different from using a mobile phone while driving?
Voice commands, long gone are the days of failing with in-car voice commands, instead you have the billions of Dollars invested by Google and Apple, understanding your every word. These companies invested heavily in making sure the commands can understand different dialects, click here for more information.
On the steering wheel, there is a button that will activate your Android or Apple “assistant.” Here are a few commands as an example of how your day can be made easier.
“Take me home.” This command using an iPhone will load up, on the 7” screen, the fastest way home, avoiding heavy traffic and other delays meaning that you are home in plenty of time for tea, or stopping you from been late for that next lesson.
“I need some fuel along the way.” This will give you options to set as a way point, simply give the voice command of the option you’d like to go to, for example: “Take me to Shell.”
“Send Chloe a message saying, Are we still on for the 1pm lesson tomorrow.” When using an iPhone, Siri will read the message back to you and confirm that you would like to send the message, reply “Send” and the message will go. As she replies Siri will tell you that a new message has come in and play it out aloud for you to hear and give you the option to reply. Imagine she asked to move it to 2pm you can then command Siri using the button on the wheel to “Change Chloe’s appointment tomorrow to 2pm tomorrow.” What you have done is effortlessly reorganised your diary, safely, between lessons.
Conveniently as well, Calendar will display any appointments on the screen with a warning time as set by you.
Is IntelliLink really the best thing since sliced bread?
Whilst I am not a driving instructor, I still have a varied day that requires organisation. I also spend a lot of time going to instructors across the country. The IntelliLink system has revolutionised what I can get done in a day whilst on the road.
Firstly, I don’t have to lug a GPS around with me anymore. Secondly, I can now text and drive (it still feels wrong to say that), which is a key communication tool with instructors, I can send an ETA without having to pull over into a service station or on the side of the road, this decreases my time spent travelling between destinations. I can even take part in the weekly customer account manager conference call that is done through Skype, albeit without the video. Thirdly I can safely command different podcasts to play, along with music and audio books. Finally, I have the benefit of having a 100% unobstructed view whilst driving, I have no need for a phone or GPS holder.
For more information on the IntelliLink system follow these links:
FAQ’s – http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/owners_services/help-and-advice/intellilink-faqs.html
Apple CarPlay Apps and more info – http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/
Android Auto Apps and more info – https://www.android.com/intl/en_uk/auto/