It turns out that OnStar isn’t just used for helping yourself or your vehicle. Today OnStar is reporting that many use the system to help others in need. According to OnStar’s statistics, there are quite a few “Good Samaritan calls” in which an OnStar user calls to report another drivers situation that needs assistance. This… Continue Reading...
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Everyone had to know this was coming the second General Motors announced the For My Vehicle (FMV) OnStar system, an aftermarket setup that can be implemented on any vehicle. The second OnStar’s FMV would help recover a Chrysler, there would be news about it – and here it is. Last weekend, on December 18th, Jean… Continue Reading...
OnStar has joined forces with NORAD to bring you updates as to where Santa is delivering presents – that means if you’re on the road, you can find out where St. Nick is and get home in time to leave out milk and cookies. Available to OnStar subscribers for free 7 a.m. Christmas Eve through… Continue Reading...
General Motors is taking their Cadillac and OnStar brand to the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. The show, which runs from January 10 – 13, is a hot bed for all the latest gadgets and gizmos and GM wants to take advantage of that by showcasing their latest version of the OnStar system… Continue Reading...
Would you trust new technology with your life? One Chevy Volt owner did, and walked away from a rather serious smash-up mostly unharmed. A forum user on GM-Volt.com posted pictures recently of his totaled Volt on the New Jersey Turnpike. The car (number 187) became a martyr after a nasty highway collision. “Except for some… Continue Reading...
Unveiled at the CTIA Wireless Association’s Enterprise and Applications conference in Sand Diego, Cadillac‘s new CUE system promises to be the most advanced in-car telematics interface. Rivaling system’s like MyFordTouch, it’s also designed to be easy to use and understand, even for novices. With a big 8-inch high-def screen (optional 12.3-inch) CUE has numerous unique… Continue Reading...
If you’ve got a GM vehicle and OnStar, you’ll be able to rent out your idle car and make some extra cash through the RelayRides marketplace. General Motors has teamed up with RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, that’s targeted to owners of a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle. This innovative program puts the vehicle… Continue Reading...
Last week, details surfaced of OnStar’s revised Terms and Conditions that allows the company to perform private data tracking on vehicles equipped with their device, whether the owner is a subscriber for OnStar’s service or not. Even though OnStar, a telematics subsidiary of GM, had written a press release to assure customers that its two-way… Continue Reading...
Recently it has been revealed that owners of GM vehicles equipped with OnStar, whether subscribed to the service or not, risk the involuntary disclosure of private and sensitive data collected from the vehicle’s GPS unit. A strong backlash ensued as critics accused OnStar of selling private information including vehicle speed, location, and seatbelt usage, to… Continue Reading...
Teens are going to have to work harder to hide their whereabouts, once GM wraps up a pilot program that lets concerned parents track the location of their precious ones, in real time. The program is part of the OnStar system, and over 10,000 of its current subscribers have been chosen to take part. Parents… Continue Reading...
From the data gathered, utilities will then be able to decide on the optimum times for charging EVs on the grid, the idea being, that charging them is done during off-peak periods. Continue Reading...
By the Fall, the company is expected to make a decision as to whether it will go ahead with Live Operator on a full-time basis Continue Reading...
One of OnStar’s advertising points is the reassurance that if your car gets stolen, it can not only track where it ends up, but also deactivate it instantly. Turns out, it’s not just a load of advertising malarky. Four Chevrolet Camaro coupes were stolen from a dealership in St. Louis, Missouri, in the early hours… Continue Reading...
Hyundai is taking the fight to General Motors‘ OnStar System by offering its Blue Link system as standard equipment. The Blue Link system is capable of providing direct connection to emergency services but also delivers traffic and weather updates as well as allowing owners easy access to roadside assistance. The system also lets users pair their smartphones… Continue Reading...
This gives uses the chance to enter in information regarding their vehicle, such as make, model and year to see if the FMV can be made to work withe their car or truck. Continue Reading...
The concept of paying it forward has really caught in Los Angeles. According to a study done by OnStar, the city ranked number one when it came to drivers helping each other when they were in need. OnStar used anonymous subscriber interaction data to gather information on the 10 largest U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas. They… Continue Reading...
Everything the company builds for sale in the US (apart from the Chevy Volt) is included in the sweepstakes contest, from the Buick Regal and GMC Terrain, to the Chevy Corvette ZR1 and Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Continue Reading...
GM’s MyLink, available starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox, will offer smartphone charging, Pandora radio streaming, GraceNote music identification, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, voice activation, OnStar, and USB inputs, in case listening to drive-time radio is too crushing for commuters. The MyLink comes hot on the heels of Ford’s SYNC as an inevitable… Continue Reading...
Once upon a time, not so long ago, Cadillac was seen as an old fashioned car company with outdated ideas and products. Over the last few years they have been moving with the times, and now their new warranty program will match or exceed those offered by its German rivals. General Motors has just announced… Continue Reading...
Hyundai is taking a bold step into the world of in-car telematics with their BlueLink system. Much like GM’s OnStar, BlueLink can provide directions, schedule servicing, remotely lock or unlock the car doors, notify emergency services in case of a crash and remotely start the car, with the ability to pre-heat or cool the vehicle… Continue Reading...
Combined with several other big introductions, General Motors announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show that it is testing a new OnStar App that will let drivers text and even update Facebook using only voice commands. Rumors of this new services popped up several months ago, but now GM has made it official. The service… Continue Reading...
As a part of a larger plan to grow OnStar, General Motors has announced it will begin offering the service on non GM products. Originally designed as a value-added safety feature, OnStar has grown to include numerous convenience features as well, including Turn-by-Turn Navigation and even the ability to open a vehicle when you’ve locked… Continue Reading...
How’s this for a little added incentive? In the hopes of attracting more consumers, OnStar is teaming up with auto insurance companies to offer subscribers discounts on their car policies. Going in their favor is the fact that OnStar’s subscribers are safer drivers and more conscientious on the road. Also in the pro column is… Continue Reading...
OnStar Gets Set To Battle With SYNC, Adds Voice Texting, Facebook Integration (Press Release Inside)
OnStar is set to evolve from a safety feature that assists drivers in distress, into an in car infotainment platform, as its latest iteration launches voice text messaging and Facebook integration. OnStar is looking to re-brand itself under the “responsible connectivity” tagline, an ironic label in light of the fact that social networking while driving… Continue Reading...