CES 2021

Mitsubishi teams up with Liftmaster, Chamberlain to make your garage door smarter

New myQ technology turns your vehicles infotainment system into a garage door opener.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The My Mitsubishi Connect platform has a new component that removes the garage door opener from your car's visor, cup holder, or anywhere else you may have it stashed in your car. The new myQ Connected Garage dynamic technology platform was developed by Chamberlain Group. It allows access to garage door functionality from within an infotainment screen.

The technology will debut on the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which was recently refreshed for the new model year. Users will be able to access myQ via the car's 8-inch infotainment touch screen, located at the center of the dashboard. The technology will also be available to 2018-2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross owners, through the My Mitsubishi Connect app.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with myQ

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"Today, drivers are limited by the ability to only open and close the garage door when they are within line of sight of the door," said James Trainor, Vice President General Manager of Automotive for Chamberlain Group. Chamberlain Group is the parent company of the Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door opener brands and myQ connected technology.

"We are thrilled to partner with Mitsubishi Motors to help enhance the driver experience when it comes to garage control. myQ Smart Vehicle Access allows Mitsubishi to integrate smart garage control capabilities within the car's in-dash touchscreen, allowing drivers to safely control, secure and monitor their garage door from wherever they are on their journey. With myQ Connected Garage, they can stay connected to home and know that their garage is secure."

According to Bryan Arnett, Director of Digital Product Strategy for Mitsubishi Motors Research and Development Americas, customers have indicated that controlling their garage door through the infotainment system is one of the most highly desired in-dash features.

To get in-dash garage control, go to your My Mitsubishi Connect app and on the "Services" page, select "myQ Connected Garage." Here you will be able to see if you have a myQ smart garage door opener. If you do not have one, you can select "Add a Hub" within the app to purchase a myQ Smart Garageā„¢ Hub, a quick and easy way to add myQ to an existing garage door opener.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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The new Maps+ app will allow drivers to use a navigation system who had not previously purchased navigation.

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General Motors is giving its vehicles a new navigation solution. Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based way-finding program, will begin rolling out to approximately 900,000 model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, starting on April 30.

"We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle."

Maps+ was developed in partnership with Mapbox. The new app replaces navigation functionality in already-purchased vehicles that had purchased a navigation system. It provides navigation functionality to drivers of vehicles that did not opt for navigation at the onset.

The new application features Alexa build-in voice control that allows users to listen to music or podcasts using the system's integrated audio apps. A search box allows users to find points of interest, shops, restaurants, parking, and more. There is also embedded speed alert, low fuel recognition, predictive keyboard entry, day and night modes, category shortcuts, rear-time traffic routing, and dynamic mapping capability.

"Our obsession is the driver," said Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox. "The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption."

GM and Mapbox are committed to continuing Maps+ post-launch, developing new features and improvements based on feedback and metrics.

Maps+ will be available on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Current eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.

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