OnStar, a subsidiary of General Motors, previously only available for GM models, is opening its doors to all vehicles. June 2011 OnStar became available for all vehicles in a standalone version that takes the form of the rear-view mirror that can be installed in most vehicles from major manufacturers.
The service will be much like the service installed in GM models, offering the same service of emergency services, security services, navigation, connections and diagnostics. Of all of those features some of the most important features are allowing for emergency assistance.
The automatic crash response allows drivers to connect to an OnStar advisor immediately when involved in an accident. The system works off of sensors and GPS to alert an advisor of an accident and provides the vehicles direct location for quicker safety response.
The OnStar system was formed in 1995 between GM, Electronic Data Systems and Highes Electronics Corporation. The system was created using satellite technology and automotive electronics to create an instant communication between a driver and a safety agent. The service has been named an essential safety tool, compared to the need of a seatbelt or airbag. Currently, there are over 6 million OnStar subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
OnStar president Chris Preuss, states, “This move in to the consumer electronics space represents the biggest development in our business model since introducing OnStar as standard across all GM products several years ago.”
The OnStar mirrors will be available at Best Buy for $299, with an installation cost between $75 and $100. The OnStar service additionally comes with a monthly fee of $18.95 a month of $199 a year.
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