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Old 12-19-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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GM to offer Bluetooth by 2009 Model Year

General Motors has announced that it will roll out Bluetooth hands free technology across a number of its vehicles, beginning in the 2009 model year. Currently, only one GM vehicle — the Cadillac STS — offers Bluetooth, leaving a glaring hole in the General's option list.

In the Q&A section of the GM FYI Blog, Phil Colley of GM Performance Parts said that GM will soon launch the "broadest rollout of Bluetooth in the industry," involving 30 vehicles by the 2009 model year.

While the Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Malibu have been heavily praised by the media, one complaint that has always seemed to surface is their lack of an available Bluetooth system. The addition of the technology should sway some buyers and ultimately increase interest and sales of GM vehicles.



I'm sure we'll see this in the Camaro.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:54 AM   #2
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Sweeeeet, that will come in handy for the Camaro. That way I can drive and shift properly.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:31 AM   #4
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I agree...I'm sure this will be an option. And, this is one I WILL BE GETTING!!!

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Old 12-19-2007, 12:50 PM   #5
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way to go.... im sure they will offer this in the camaro.... i will be getting this aswell!
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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Really? I'd actually prefer to use a Bluetooth headset. That way I can seamlessly continue the conversation when I get in or out of the car. Also, I don't necessarily always want whoever else is in the car to be able to hear the conversation.

I think it's great to have as an option, and if my car had it, I'd probably use it every once in a while, but I won't be selecting it as an option unless it is grouped with something else I want.
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Great, so now drivers have one more excuse to drive distracted, create traffic jams, and nearly kill me. Thank you GM.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:52 AM   #9
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^Actually I think this wwill work to lessen the distraction. My dad used to have a phone connector station on the Saab and it worked great, said he never felt distracted at all. I think this is way better then a headset since i want to to hear the music in the speakers as I drive along, so I don't use headset often.
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This has been standard in the commodores in australia for the last two years looking forward to my camaro having it though
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Well, people want it so its good that its being included. I personally don't like the idea of calling+driving. But I don't have to use it while I drive
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focusing on a conversation is way more distracting than the actual holding of the phone. So encouraging in-car calling with bluetooth just makes the problem worse.
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:47 AM   #13
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^Completely disagree. I have had lots of with other people in the car while driving and it doesn't distract me. if I need to concentrate harder I just tell them to wait a bit.
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Oh goodie! We have bluetooth stereos in 2 of our cars and it rocks! I was hoping we wouldn't have to replace the stereo right away in the 5th gen to have it be bluetooth capable
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^Completely disagree. I have had lots of with other people in the car while driving and it doesn't distract me. if I need to concentrate harder I just tell them to wait a bit.
I completely agree. Having a cell phone conversation is no more distracting than having a conversation with someone in the car with you. At least it isn't for me anyway...
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:36 AM   #16
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We've got a law in place in NY that makes it illegal to hold your your phone to your face, basically. It's dumb - but it has saved lives. How?

Because everybody has limits. I know I can talk on my phone in the car. (not sure how...because I'm a law abideing citizen ) But others may not be able to. It's not bad, or pathetic. Everybody is a little different. So when one of you says it's easy; and the other says it's hard. It's all subjective to who's saying it.

The people who can't do it in our state now have a law 'preventing' them from doing it. Those who can - well, we just needed to go out and buy a bluetooth earpiece.
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Right...there's two types of people...

1. Those that can drive and talk on the phone at the same time....and
2. Those that think they can drive and talk on the phone at the same time...

At least w/ the bluetooth, this allows for the second driver to have both hands on the wheel when they crash...(cause either way, they can't do two things at once). If I'm talking to people via my bluetooth headset while I'm driving, I tell them to hold off for a second if I have to. Simple...
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I'm just going to throw this out there. Has anyone tried holding a phone to your ear while trying to steer and shift gears?

Let's face it, using Bluetooth may not be as safe as just not talking on the phone at all, but it sure is a DRASTIC improvement.
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I'm just going to throw this out there. Has anyone tried holding a phone to your ear while trying to steer and shift gears?

Let's face it, using Bluetooth may not be as safe as just not talking on the phone at all, but it sure is a DRASTIC improvement.
I drive only automatic so that's not an issue. But I doubt anyone could steer, shift and talk all at the same time.

While I don't talk that often in my car, I do like the idea of bluetooth to make it easier.

Besides, it's law now in NJ that you can't hold the phone and drive. Not that that really stops me if I need to make a call. My calls rarely go over 2 or 3 minutes at most.
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What would be really nice is if they worked with Apple or something to rival that whole Ford/Microsoft SYNC stuff, and threw a hard drive into the Camaro, which you could sync with iTunes via bluetooth, or plugging in your laptop, computer, or iPod.

Although that one's pretty far fetched, it's still nice to dream about.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:27 PM   #21
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The new CTS does have a 20-some gig HDD in the car..... So they're doing it somewhere.
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I drive only automatic so that's not an issue. But I doubt anyone could steer, shift and talk all at the same time.
Heh, I've done it a few times, and I can attest to the tricky manuevering necessary. You have to be able to shift very quickly and jump your hand back to the wheel before you steer too far out of your lane.

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What would be really nice is if they worked with Apple or something to rival that whole Ford/Microsoft SYNC stuff, and threw a hard drive into the Camaro, which you could sync with iTunes via bluetooth, or plugging in your laptop, computer, or iPod.

Although that one's pretty far fetched, it's still nice to dream about.
Actually, that's not too far-fetched at all. All the technology exists and is readily available. It's really only a question of cost. Enough people have to want it and be willing to pay for it in order for it to be worth incorporating into their design.

My guess is that GM is sitting back and watching the market response to Ford's Sync before taking any action on developing their own system.

I don't think I'd like controlling my music with my voice. I have enough difficulty with using voice dial on my phone, and I have a pretty normal voice.
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What would be really nice is if they worked with Apple or something to rival that whole Ford/Microsoft SYNC stuff, and threw a hard drive into the Camaro, which you could sync with iTunes via bluetooth, or plugging in your laptop, computer, or iPod.

Although that one's pretty far fetched, it's still nice to dream about.
From what little I've seen I like the Sync. I just commented to a friend last night during a commercial that it's too bad it's Ford only. I wouldn't mind seeing something similar in GM's vehicles. But, please, nothing Apple/iPod specific. not everyone has or likes the iPod. It should be generic and easily used with any MP3 player.

(Though I will admit the iPod Touch is a VAST VAST VAST improvement over every horrible iPod that came before it. I would probably actually purchase an iPod Touch, but nothing else Apple.)
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What would be really nice is if they worked with Apple or something to rival that whole Ford/Microsoft SYNC stuff, and threw a hard drive into the Camaro, which you could sync with iTunes via bluetooth, or plugging in your laptop, computer, or iPod.

Although that one's pretty far fetched, it's still nice to dream about.
If Apple has anything to do with the Camaro, it would end up costing $200,000, would be slower than a Geo Metro, would only run on 10% of the roads, would be locked from getting any aftermarket upgrades, and we would all be sued for talking about it before it is released, yet we would still buy it because the cult leader told us to, after we drank our kool-aid.
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Right...there's two types of people...

1. Those that can drive and talk on the phone at the same time....and
2. Those that think they can drive and talk on the phone at the same time...

At least w/ the bluetooth, this allows for the second driver to have both hands on the wheel when they crash...(cause either way, they can't do two things at once). If I'm talking to people via my bluetooth headset while I'm driving, I tell them to hold off for a second if I have to. Simple...
Nope, these are the two types of people:

1. Those who think they can talk on the phone and drive at the same time
2. Those who nearly die every day as they drive home from work trying to dodge all the idiots in group 1.

I have never once seen someone drive at reasonable speed and talk on the phone at the same time without being a major hazard.

The difference between talking on the phone and talking to other people in the car is that
1. people in the car provide extra sets of eyes and
2. people in the car see when extra concentration is needed and should either shut up or help you out.
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