GM To Pair OnStar With Smartphone App

We've all had times where we've wondered if we remembered to lock our car doors or forgotten where we parked our vehicle in a parking lot. Now, a new smartphone application from GM could help provide answers to these questions and more.

GM plans to offer a mobile application for smartphones that will let OnStar users access information and control their vehicle directly from their handsets. The application will provide users with vehicle information such as fuel level, fuel range, remaining oil life, tire pressure and fuel economy averages. The app will also be able to start the vehicle, turn on the lights and control the door locks.

In addition to providing helpful vehicle information, the OnStar mobile app will store helpful information such as odometer readings, your vehicle identification number and your OnStar account number. An OnStar representative will also be available via phone if necessary.

The new OnStar mobile app is expected to be available for most new 2011 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models. Each of the brands will have functionality and features specific to its brand. These features will be announced in the future. 

"We're working aggressively to bring the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC applications to market as soon as possible," said Joel Ewanick, vice president of GM Marketing, in a statement. "Because we know that each brand's customers have different tastes, wants and needs, the apps will be very specifically tailored to offer them the services they value most, leveraging these innovative OnStar features as a compelling mutual foundation."

Via:  LA Times
AKwyn 4 years ago

At least we'll know how much tire pressure our cars have and how much oil they got anywhere we are.

Inspector 4 years ago

I like the idea :P. Now when i get a car (hoping this expands to other cars) i can start it up with my smartphone! :D. Also, get your smartphone stolen... lose your car! (a 2 for 1 deal)

acarzt 4 years ago

I hang my keys from my pocket, so my keyless entry remote is at easy access. Putting those functions onto my phone... while cool... would be more of an inconvenience.

I like the idea of getting basic information about the car tho. I wonder what is on the other screens.

I feel like this time of stuff should be integrated into the car tho... And if that is the case, it will eliminate the need for having this on your phone. You're not gonna need any of this information unless you're driving... in which case you'll be at your car and able to get the info (given it is already provided)

SRafferty 4 years ago

Smart way for GM to charge over $20 a month for a dying service, OnStar. We discontinued OnStar on our GM vehicle after the first free year as the service was over priced. The lowest priced offering, Emergency Package, was $15 a month and all it provided was assistance in an accident. With all the cellphone equipped drivers on the road today, we opted for the free version and haven't had problem ditching OnStar. By my calculations, we have saved $1,440 since discontinuing OnStar. An iPhone app isn't enough for me to spend that kind of money.

acarzt 4 years ago

Onstar is one of those things you don't need... until you really need it.

If for instance you were in a wreck and got pinned and you cannot reach your phone... You better hope there is a good samaritan around otherwise you will probably slowly bleed out and die.

The idea behind on-star is that it will call for you in the case they you can't call for yourself.

It's just like paying for insurance... How often do you use? Rarely.... but you know you need it. You just never know when something will happen.

And I don't know if you've ever been in an accident... but take it from someone who has been in many... your phone DOES NOT stay where you last left it.

realneil 4 years ago

The cell phone application is a good idea.

OnStar is a good service, but it will never be offered on other than GM cars. It's their satellite way up there in outer space and they'll not share it. Nobody else can afford to punt their own into orbit so far. OnStar is a niche service, if you can afford it, it's worth it to have, spacy sister uses it all of the time with her Impala and her Yukon Denali. The cars 'talk' to her computer all of the time to remind her of pending services and possible problems/recalls too. It's also a hands free phone service and works rather well for making and receiving calls. The collision notification & communication system is the bomb.

For lockout protection, other manufacturers are not lacking,......Ford's keypad entry works well. And Toyota's security unlock gizmo that recognizes you (and only you) when you grip the doorhandles is bad-ass!

acarzt 4 years ago

I wouldn't want a big nasty keypad on my car tho lol

I'd rather call onstart and have then open it remotely lol

Or even toyota's idea.

I've never locked my keys in my car before tho....

realneil 3 years ago

Seems I was wrong about OnStar being offered on other than GM cars. You can now buy an after market Mirror with OnStar capabilities at Best Buy and have it installed there too.

This is a very nice development.

KLou 2 years ago

I think the service is worth every penny. Give me On-Star over an aggravating navigation system any day. I push a button, a nice person comes on, I tell her where I want to go. Done. I like the monthly report via email I get on my chevorlet parts. It's great! Once you have it, you won't want to be without it.

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