2013 RAM 1500, SRT Viper to Debut OnStar-Like Service

2013 RAM 1500, SRT Viper to Debut OnStar-Like Service

Newly introduced in the 2013 RAM 1500 pickup and SRT Viper, Chrysler will offer customers an OnStar-like service through its partnership with wireless company Sprint.

Much like OnStar, drivers will access the service via buttons mounted on the rear-view mirror, though there will only be two in the Chrysler versus three in GM products. One will be strictly for emergency situations, connecting the car to the nearest 911 service through 3G and simultaneously sending GPS coordinates to emergency responders.

The other button, nicknamed “concierge” will offer roadside assistance and troubleshooting with the car’s Uconnect service. Unfortunately, the representatives won’t be able to provide drivers with points of interest like restaurants and gas station locations.

Subscription fees are still undisclosed, but it’s hard to imagine that it would cost any more than GM’s $199 annually subscribed “safe & sound” package which is the most comparable to what Chrysler will offer.

Plans to migrate the service into other Chrysler vehicles is also still unannounced, but the 2013 RAM 1500 is due at dealer lots this fall and will be the first product featuring the service.

[Source: Ward’s Auto]