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General Motors is making a push to modernize its OnStar concierge service starting with handful of 2015 model year vehicles this summer.
OnStar has teamed up with long-time partner Verizon to showcase just how much the in-car technology could be capable of in the near future. A list of several new ‘prototype technologies’ ranging from entertainment, to communications to safety, are on display for the first time in a custom Buick LaCrosse at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Taking OnStar beyond the confines of 4-wheels, the proposed new features are possible thanks to Verizon’s 4G network, many of them including smart phone features.
Top among the features are Vehicle monitoring and Impact detection, with cameras mounted inside and outside the car, letting a driver see inside or around their car wherever it is parked, using a computer or a smart phone. The camera can even take a short video clip, which will be triggered automatically if the vehicle is bumped by another.
Bringing OnStar from the car to the home, GM is also showcasing a new feature that would allow you to view your home through security cameras, as well as control household functions like the temperature and lights.
Additional technologies being previewed include a navigation system than can provide real-time traffic camera images to help you avoid congested streets; an Electronic User’s Guide that can show owners how to operate and maintain their vehicle through videos; a Voice Portal that will let you connect to social web sites using the in-vehicle display; and finally a Video Chat service that uses Skype to enable video phone calls using that same in-dash screen.
GALLERY: OnStar Verizon 4G Prototype Features
Official release and a video demo after the jump: