I actually like OnStar turn by turn because it nicely integrates with the car (of course) and shows up on the instrument panel with some unobtrusive directions - no voice. AFAIK Apple Maps either gives you the intrusive voice, or you get the map taking up the whole screen. With OnStar I get integrated visual cues and no voice (has to be turned off each time). Anyhow my one big complaint is that to get a specific route you have to talk to somebody; most of the time I just want to set it up. Well I figured out how to do that from the myChevrolet app. Pretty easy, but not obvious at first glance. Bonus, you get an idea of your charge at all your waypoints! Here's how you do it.
- Go to Energy Assist, Plan Your Route
- It should show where your car is on a map. You can manually update your starting location or take this.
- To change manual location, tap the starting point pin, you can either go manual location or current vehicle location
- Now, tap and hold a different location you want to go to. Zoom in to get as precise as you want. On the bottom now you'll have the option of "Create Route"
- At this point it should be more clear, you can "add stops" to cherry pick the route, and you can tap the vertical "..." for Route Options, which includes choosing a Green Route over the Fastest Route. I like to avoid highways and dirt roads.
- Keep on adding points until you get to your destination, then tap the ">" on the destination. You are given an approximate battery at that point (from your present battery life), or you can remove from route (if you added a point you want to get rid of), or you can ... Send to Turn-by-Turn!
- Open in Maps just opens that waypoint in maps - ignore.
- The information key just tells you the location, a building, a rest stop or whatever designation your location has.
- Once you are in the create route mode, you can't save it. You have to send, cancel and it clears out. I would like to save routes, so I can create them early then just access them when I'm ready to go.
- When creating a route you can't use the rest of the app. Exception, if you use the 'long press' on a modern iPhone on the app icon, you can get to the key fob utilities. Your route is still in the Energy Assist page for you to continue.
- Usability/clarity of the feature could be improved, it took a lot of fiddeling to figure this out, and I wasn't even sure it would do what I wanted until I got to the end