Buick IntelliLinkTM Radio1 offers the entertainment of Stitcher SmartRadioTM, Gracenote®, a USB2 connection for flash memory capability, and an enhanced hands-free voice control system that makes it simple for drivers to use while navigating the road.
IntelliLinkTM lets you connect your smartphone to your vehicle without the use of wires. A 17.8-cm (7-inch) diagonal, high-resolution touchscreen display combined with top-notch technology allows you to stay in control without using multiple devices.
To access many of Buick IntelliLink'sTM1 features, you must first pair your device to the system. IntelliLinkTM is compatible with most Bluetooth®-enabled devices; however, to utilize some of the more advanced features, you must have a smartphone that runs on iPhone® OS, BlackBerry®, or AndroidTM platforms.
Connecting your device is simple. Choose your phone type from the list below to find the step-by-step pairing process for your particular phone.
USB2 has become the universal connection standard. So it's fitting that the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 uses it to connect to the system in a variety of ways.
USB is part of your standard vehicle package. You can find the USB port located inside the centre console. Whether it's a flash drive, an iPod® or a smartphone, you can connect any compatible USB device2 to the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system just by plugging it in. Once plugged in, the system will read and index the music on it. Once the indexing is finished, you can control all of your music through your IntelliLinkTM system. Plus, while your vehicle is not in motion, you can view photos that you have stored on your USB device.2
Bluetooth® for hands-free calling has been around for several years. Buick IntelliLinkTM1 takes that Bluetooth® technology to the next level with streaming audio. Most devices can be paired to the Bluetooth® system and if your device supports streaming audio, your music will play over the vehicle's stereo speakers, without ever having to be plugged in, keeping your cabin uncluttered and wire-free. Some devices will even send information, like song name and artist to be displayed on the screen. And, if the song is in the system's Gracenote® database, Gracenote® will assign the proper album art to display on the screen as well.
First you must pair your Bluetooth®-enabled phone or device. If the device supports Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, the music stored on the device will start playing over the vehicle's speakers.
Entertainment. Connection. Control. By allowing you to connect devices, such as compatible smartphones, iPods®/iPhones®, MP3 players, Bluetooth®-enabled devices and USB drives,2 Buick IntelliLinkTM1 gives you access to endless entertainment, utilizing the latest in touchscreen and voice-recognition technology. That means you can access thousands of your songs, your phonebook, Internet radio, and over 120 channels of SiriusXMTM music talk, and more – all in one place – and all with the sound of your voice.
Imagine starting your vehicle and having whatever you want to listen to at your fingertips. That's XM Select on SiriusXMTM.3 If you have an active SiriusXMTM subscription, which comes standard with a 90-day trial on most Buick models, Buick IntelliLinkTM1 gives you access to over 120 channels. You can listen to commercial-free music, plus sports, talk, entertainment, comedy and more, using nothing more than a few buttons. Learn More
It's your music, so you should be able to play it when and where you want. While past vehicles have featured iPod® integration, it was nothing like this. Pair your smartphone via Bluetooth® with IntelliLinkTM – or plug in your iPod®, iPhone®, or USB media device2 – and the system catalogues your songs and allows you to easily access them using enhanced voice control, steering wheel controls, or IntelliLinkTM's touchscreen. Simply say, "Play artist ________" and let the soundtrack for your road trip begin. Learn More
Buick IntelliLinkTM1 helps you stay connected while your hands stay planted firmly on the steering wheel. Simply pair your Bluetooth®-enabled phone and say what you want it to do, such as, "Call Amanda at home." You can also easily navigate your phonebook or recent call list from IntelliLink'sTM1 touchscreen interface, or transfer calls from your IntelliLinkTM system back to your smartphone. Learn More
Just like the latest smartphones and tablets, Buick IntelliLinkTM operates on an app-based interface. Great apps – including Stitcher SmartRadioTM – are already loaded into your IntelliLinkTM system. To access apps, press the corresponding icon on your IntelliLinkTM touchscreen. Learn More
Gracenote® improves how you access and manage your music through cover art and enhanced voice-recognition capabilities. Plus, Gracenote® lets you use artist nicknames as voice commands to easily access your favourite music. Learn More
Buick IntelliLinkTM1 gives you the capability of a smartphone on your radio screen. But it hasn't forgotten about the classic radio; it's just made it easier to use. Whether you're listening to AM or FM radio or using a CD, IntelliLinkTM lets you use the same capabilities that make it so simple to use. Just say a station and IntelliLinkTM1 will switch there in an instant, letting you keep your hands on the wheel. Learn More
If your vehicle is equipped with the available built-in Navigation features,4 you can access maps, driving directions and more – directly from your IntelliLinkTM1 home screen. Touch the Navigation icon for 2D or 3D maps, to pinpoint your exact location, or even to locate nearby points of interest. Select the Destination icon to get directions or access your frequently traveled routes. Learn More
Variety is what keeps things interesting. And when you hit the open road, the last thing you want to hear is the same old thing over and over again. XM Select on SiriusXMTM3 gives you the biggest names in radio on 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk, sports, news and more. So no matter how far your commute is, you'll never get bored.
If your vehicle is equipped and you have an active SiriusXMTM subscription,3 Buick IntelliLinkTM1 lets you access SiriusXM'sTM 120 channels in a variety of ways. To get started, just touch the XM icon on the screen. Then use the SELECT knob to search for the station you want. You can also press the PUSH TO TALK button on the steering wheel and say, "Tune XM Lithium." Or say, "Tune XM channel 54." The system will recognize the channel and quickly tune into its programming for you.
The SiriusXMTM radio "Now Playing" screen shows you the information for what you're listening to, such as artist or show name, as well as the channel name, station's logo, the number of the channel and the station category. To change the channel, just press the PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and say, "Play XM" and then the channel's name or number, use the MENU/SEL or the CHANNEL LIST on the SiriusXMTM Audio Menu.
SiriusXMTM can utilize Buick IntelliLinkTM's enhanced voice control software to easily access XM's 120 channels. Just press the PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and say, "Play XM" and then the channel's name or number and the system will quickly satisfy your request.
For a list of common commands, click here.
Buick IntelliLinkTM1 lets you save SiriusXMTM channels as favourites. When you're on a channel, simply press and hold one of the FAV keys down on the touchscreen until the channel name appears. It's now saved into the system.
For 2013, IntelliLinkTM1 adds the Tune Select feature to your active SiriusXMTM subscription. Tune Select lets you set alerts for your favourite artists or songs and will let you know whenever that artist or song is played – on any SiriusXMTM channel! Just press "Menu" once you're tuned to SiriusXMTM and set Tune Select alerts for your favourites.
Thanks to IntelliLinkTM's USB port, you can easily access the music stored on your iPhone®, iPod® or other USB device.2 Plus, when your vehicle is parked, you can turn your IntelliLinkTM touchscreen into a slideshow that displays the photos you've saved on your USB device.
The iPod®/iPhone® revolutionized the way we listen to music. IntelliLinkTM1 wants to revolutionize the way we access that music in our vehicles. That's why iPod®/iPhone® and USB drive integration2 is a big part of the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system.
To access your music, you must first connect your music storage device (iPod®/iPhone®, smartphone, MP3 player or USB Drive2) to the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system through your USB port2 located in the centre console. Once the storage device has been connected, IntelliLinkTM1 will index all of the music on your device.
For a list of compatible USB drives, click here.
IntelliLinkTM1 incorporates many of the familiar functions of your iPod®. Search by playlists, albums, artists and songs and more. You can even shuffle songs and let Buick IntelliLinkTM1 create a unique playlist just for you.
Keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while you're driving is our number one priority. Buick IntelliLinkTM1 lets you do just that by utilizing its enhanced voice control technology to listen to whatever you want from your connected device. Simply press PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and say, "Play artist ________", "Shuffle on" or "Play genre jazz" and IntelliLinkTM1 will find exactly what you're looking for, so you can keep your focus on more important things – like driving.
For a list of common commands, click here.
Embedded in the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system, Gracenote® helps identify the music on your device or drive. Upon connecting your device, IntelliLinkTM1 immediately indexes your songs, fills in missing song information and associates album art with your tracks if possible. Gracenote® also assigns voice tags, including common nicknames of some of the more famous artists, so you can quickly and easily search for your music using simple voice commands. IntelliLinkTM1 also displays images from Gracenote® Cover Art database - which now features images of the artist or genre if specific album art is not available.
When you're playing music from your plugged-in USB device2, you can command your IntelliLinkTM1 system to "More like this" and the system will instantly create a playlist of up to 30 similar songs and artists – using Gracenote® Technology – for your on-the-fly enjoyment.
New for 2013, turn your IntelliLinkTM1 interface into a photo slideshow. While your vehicle is in not in motion, your IntelliLinkTM will display images that you have saved on a USB device.2 Just plug your USB drive into your vehicle and instantly show your passengers snapshots of your last road trip. You can control the speed of the slideshow, let it auto-play, shuffle, and also change the picture type and resolution. Images on your USB should be saved in .jpg, .bmp, .png, or .gif format.
Today, cell phones are for more than just calling people; they’re an extension of ourselves. Whether it's to family, friends or work, we have to stay connected. But when you're in a vehicle, staying connected comes second to staying safe. IntelliLinkTM1 can help you stay safely connected while you're in your vehicle.
The first step to using some of the features of the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system is to pair your Bluetooth®-enabled phone. Once paired, the system will download your entire phonebook to your IntelliLinkTM1 system, so you can access every number every time you step into your vehicle.
You have several different ways to access the hands-free calling feature.
You can access the system through the touchscreen interface. Simply press the phone icon on your Buick IntelliLinkTM1 homepage screen and the system will take you to a menu. From there you can dial, access your phonebook, and see your incoming, outgoing and missed calls all at glance.
You can also access your hands-free calling feature through the PHONE button. Simply pressing the PHONE button will pull up a menu that lets you easily scroll through and find the action you would like to execute. Touch the screen and interact.
Lastly, your phonebook can be accessed by voice. Powered by Nuance®, Buick IntelliLinkTM1 features high-accuracy, enhanced voice control software that allows you to control everything with the sound of your voice. Just press the PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and clearly say a command like "Call Amanda." The system will access your phone book, find the number and dial it for you, so you can stay connected without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
For a list of common commands, click here.
Your vehicle's IntelliLinkTM1 system can now transfer hands-free calls back to your smartphone. If you're on a call and want to continue talking as you exit the vehicle, just push and hold the PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and your call will automatically transfer to your smartphone for seamless, uninterrupted conversation. You can also transfer your call via the IntelliLinkTM touchscreen. Just press "Transfer to Private" from the Phone menu screen.
Just like the latest smartphones and tablets, Buick IntelliLinkTM1 operates on an app-based interface. Great apps – including Stitcher SmartRadioTM – are already loaded into your IntelliLinkTM system. You must also load the app that you would like to use to your phone. To access these apps and more, press one of the app icons on the home page of your IntelliLinkTM system.
The Stitcher SmartRadioTM app is already loaded into your Buick IntelliLinkTM system, so you access to your favourite podcasts, radio shows and news without leaving your vehicle. Create on-demand stations online or on the StitcherTM app on your smartphone or at Stitcher.com (StitcherTM is not compatible with BlackBerry®), then pair or connect your smartphone with your Buick IntelliLinkTM1 to access all the top content providers from CBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, ESPN, SMODcast and thousands more from across the globe.
First, you must have the StitcherTM app on your smartphone and an active StitcherTM account. You can easily download the app from Apple's iTunes App Store, or Play.Google.com for AndroidTM apps. Stitcher is not compatible with BlackBerry. After installing the app, log in or create a StitcherTM account. Once you pair or connect your phone,2 select Smartphone Link on your homepage, then click the StitcherTM icon. When the device is connected, the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system will give you access to Stitcher's station list beginning with your Favourites. Press the MENU button on the touchscreen and scroll through a list of stations from Arts & Entertainment to News, Sports, Comedy and Talk. If a device with an active StitcherTM app is not detected, your StitcherTM icon will not be clickable.
Through StitcherTM, you can access thousands of podcasts on demand. The latest episodes of your favourite shows instantly updated on your mobile phone with no additional downloading. You can reach these options through the StitcherTM menu. Then press the podcast you want and enjoy.
Favourites are just that, your favourite podcasts, stations and more. Simply hit the star button on your touchscreen if you're enjoying what you're listening to and the system will add it to your favourites. You can also rate the program you're listening to. Simply press the Thumbs-Up button if you like a piece of programming or a Thumbs-Down if you don't, and you'll skip to the next piece of programming. Over time, StitcherTM will learn your preferences and serve you up shows that StitcherTM thinks you will like.
Gracenote® is technology embedded in the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system that helps you better manage and navigate your music collection on the open road. When you connect your MP3 player, USB drive2 or iPod®/iPhone® to the IntelliLinkTM system, Gracenote® identifies your music collection and delivers the correct album and artist names and genres, and cover art on-screen. If information is missing, Gracenote® will fill in those blanks. This way you have information and album art for songs in your collection.
Gracenote® works behind the scenes, but you determine if you want to use it or not. To access Gracenote's® Normalization function, press the CONFIG button or SETTINGS on the radio's home screen. Then press RADIO SETTINGS on the touchscreen and under NORMALIZATION you can check the feature on or off. On – and Gracenote® will do its best to deliver the correct album and artist names, genres and album cover art using the information that is provided by your device. Off – and the tracks will remain with the same information you currently have on your MP3 player, USB drive2 or iPod®/iPhone®.
Gracenote® also improves the accuracy of the Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system's voice-recognition capabilities for music search and navigation. You can pinpoint bands, artists and albums with hard to pronounce names, irregular spellings and thousands of famous artist nicknames that can easily be used as voice commands to access your music. Just press the PUSH TO TALK button and say, "Play artist <artist name>" or "Play album <album name>" and the system will recognize it on your device and play it over the vehicle's speakers. You can search using any of the voice commands below, followed by the name of the item you're searching:
For a list of common commands, click here.
It started with the AM band. Then FM channels sprang up. Then 8-tracks, cassettes and CDs. It's the evolution of the radio. And almost as long as we've been listening to it, we've been listening to it in our vehicles. But now, Buick IntelliLinkTM1 makes basic radio functions even simpler.
Buick IntelliLinkTM1 lets you control your basic radio functions more easily than ever before. Between the SOURCE button, AUDIO touchscreen button and voice control, you can jump from channel to channel in seconds.
To access the AM source on your Buick IntelliLinkTM1 system, simply press the AM or FM icon on the touchscreen interface, hit the SOURCE button and find the icon in the navigation bar. Or you can say, "Tune to FM 96.3" to have the system do the work for you.
Playing a CD is easier than before too. Simply press the CD icon on the touchscreen, or say, "Play CD," and Buick IntelliLinkTM1 will start playing the CD inserted in the player. Like everything else, CD can also be activated from the buttons on the radio faceplate. Simply hit SOURCE and find the CD function in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen and you're ready to go.
The AM/FM screen and CD "Now Playing" screen shows you a host of information, such as the artist, the song, the station or track.
You can use Buick IntelliLinkTM1 enhanced voice control to find your favourite station. Simply press the PUSH TO TALK button on your steering wheel and say, "Tune FM 96.3" or "Tune XM 20 on 20." The radio will recognize your request and tune to the appropriate station.
For a list of common commands, click here.
Two navigation-based features – Navigation and Destination4 – are available on select IntelliLinkTM systems.1 Both features are accessible via your IntelliLinkTM1 home screen. The Navigation icon gives you access to 2D or 3D maps, lets you pinpoint your exact location and allows you to find nearby points of interest. The Destination icon lets you enter destinations, gives you directions and saves your frequently traveled routes.
To access your navigation features, select either the Navigation icon or the Destination4 icon from your IntelliLinkTM home screen.
When you select the Navigation4 icon, you will instantly see a map of your current location. An arrow icon will pinpoint exactly where you are. Touch the Zoom Screen button to zoom in or zoom out. You can also toggle between 2D and 3D maps and choose from a variety of map modes and settings.
Touch the Destination4 icon on your IntelliLinkTM1 home screen to access directions and help you get to specific destinations. You can enter a specific address manually, choose an address from your phonebook, or select a destination from a map. You can also access previous destinations, save your home address and access your favourite routes from wherever you are.
Note: If the destination that you are entering is in another country, change the country setting under the Address Entry icon. On the Address Entry screen, select the state/province field to open the menu screen. Press the change country button and select the desired country.
The Points of Interest feature on your IntelliLinkTM1 system is built in to both Navigation and Destination icons. In Navigation, Points of Interest – including restaurants, gas stations, attractions and more – will display automatically on the map when you're zoomed in close enough. You can also choose to show or hide POIs, or select a POI by category (Restaurant, Hotels, Shopping, Bank & Business, Travel, Public Places, Automotive, Leisure, and Emergency). In Destination, you can get directions to a variety of Points of Interest. You can enter a POI or search for one by category, name or telephone. You can then save those POIs in your Address Book for future use.
You can also enter a destination into your IntelliLink navigation system using voice commands. Push the PRESS TO TALK button on your steering wheel. Say "Navigation" and follow the voice prompts.
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1 IntelliLinkTM functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth® and smartphone, and USB compatibility for some devices.
2 Not compatible with all devices.
3 Available in 10 Canadian provinces and the 48 contiguous United States. Subscription sold separately after trial period. Visit siriusxm.ca for details.
4 Navigation and Destination features are not available on all models.
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