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Old 07-22-2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up New OnStar iPhone app coming soon - Remote Start, Door lock/unlock all included

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors will distribute OnStar smartphone applications later this year that will allow Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac owners to do things like lock their car doors or start the engine from miles away.

The OnStar mobile application will also let users get information about their vehicles, such its fuel level, available driving range, oil level, tire pressure and other diagnostic information. It will be available on Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) iPhone as well as on some Android handsets.

"This technology empowers drivers to make decisions about their travels well before they enter the vehicle, meaning their full attention can stay where it needs to be - on the road ahead," said Chris Preuss, president of GM's OnStar subsidiary, said in an announcement.

GM gave the example of someone at the airport who is plagued by doubts about whether he remembered to lock the car. Or someone attending a baseball game on a hot day who wants to start her car so that it will be cooled by the time she's ready to leave.

Currently, even in vehicles equipped with remote start, the owner must be at least within sight of the vehicle to start the car. (Vehicles equipped with OnStar can also be unlocked remotely, but the owner has to call an OnStar operator and request it.)

Other OnStar phone features, some specifically tailored to each car brand, will be announced in the next few months as marketing for the technology begins, GM said.

The phone application will also include a button that will automatically dial an OnStar operator for anything that can't be done by the mobile app, such as requesting emergency assistance.

As it currently exists, OnStar is available on nearly all Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac cars. The service allows drivers to connect with a live OnStar operator by simply pressing a blue button inside the car. It also automatically summons help in the event of a crash, and sends regular emails with vehicle diagnostic information.

OnStar currently offers its services free for one year on most GM models, and then at subscription price of about $20 to $30 a month, depending on the level of service.

The mobile application will be included in the OnStar subscription price, which is not expected to change, an OnStar spokesman said.

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OnStar Expands Mobile App Technology Availability
Soon Available for 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles

2010-07-22

Detroit – Owners of most new 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles will soon be able to control key vehicle functions from their smart phones, thanks to the power of OnStar.

Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC are leveraging OnStar technology to develop the most robust mobile applications on the market for new vehicle owners. Each of the brand-specific apps will allow owners to activate all of the functions available on a traditional vehicle key fob – remote start, horn and lights and door lock/unlock – securely from their smartphones. This means drivers will no longer have to be within a requisite distance, or even have their keys with them, to control these functions on their vehicles.

"Giving our customers control of their vehicles with smart phone application technology is a key advantage of OnStar's in-vehicle connectivity," said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. "This technology empowers drivers to make decisions about their travels well before they enter the vehicle, meaning their full attention can stay where it needs to be – on the road ahead."

For example, say someone is racing to catch a flight and realizes at the gate that he forgot to lock his vehicle. OnStar's mobile app technology allows him to log into his Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick or GMC app, enter his custom PIN and send a remote lock signal to his vehicle, giving him the peace of mind to go on with his trip knowing his vehicle is secure.

Or, for example, a family attending a baseball game on a hot summer day could remotely start their vehicle as they are leaving the ballpark, so the vehicle is cooled to a comfortable temperature by they reach it.

In addition, the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC apps will leverage OnStar's unique connection to the vehicle to provide key diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon . The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date health report of their vehicle anytime they need it.

Important vehicle information, such as current odometer reading, vehicle VIN and OnStar account number also will be readily accessible within the apps upon secure login. And should OnStar subscribers need assistance with something that the mobile apps don't provide, they can one-touch dial to specially trained advisors, who are available to assist customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The OnStar mobile app services will be available to millions of drivers of the vast majority of vehicles in the 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC portfolios, including the just-launched Chevrolet Cruze and Cadillac CTS Coupe, and are currently functional on the iPhone and Android systems. The Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC mobile applications will offer a variety of other features tailored specifically for each brand's customers that will be revealed in totality when the brands begin bringing their apps to market in the months ahead.

"We're working aggressively to bring the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC applications to market as soon as possible," says Joel Ewanick, vice president, GM Marketing. "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."

OnStar and Chevrolet announced the auto industry's first working smartphone application for the Chevrolet Volt at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. The Volt mobile application is a unique app that will be available to customers in tandem with the launch of the vehicle, as previously announced.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:07 AM   #2
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VERY... . I'd like to see it come out for WinMo too. My phone is a Windows phone so I'd really like to see that, but then once my new contract ends, I'll be grabbing up a Droid phone unless WinMo7 makes it big.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:27 AM   #3
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Can't decide between the Iphone 4 and switching to Verizon to get the Driod X. I really love the Droids which I think are vastly better than the iPhone but I travel alot and the Droids are not world phones. The world phone issue alone is why I will probably stay with the iPhone. This might make me a bit happier to buy a new iPhone, really I wish my current iPhone was not so banged up and still worked properly so I could hang on to it until some Android world phones came out.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:30 AM   #4
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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I like this and would love to have. Have iPhone 4 and has alot of reception problems and dropped calls even with a cover on it. Too bad..
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:48 AM   #6
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Onstar probably won't allow the remote start for manuals now will they...if so SUPER LAME
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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I'd just like to be able to start my car remotely - unfortunately as it's manual I'm not sure I'll get the option.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:51 AM   #8
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Onstar probably won't allow the remote start for manuals now will they...if so SUPER LAME
you just beat me to it - lol
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:55 AM   #9
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SWEET! Can't wait for this app to come out. I live in Phoenix and going out to my car in the afternoon is a miserable experience with it's 115 degrees out. If I can start the car from inside the building so it's cool by the time I walk out that will be incredible!
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:04 AM   #10
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Why does it say "some" Android handsets? Maybe it will only work on Android 2.1 +? I just hope it isn't another retarded Verizon exclusive ;p.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:08 AM   #11
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Oh, hadn't thought of the "won't work for manuals" aspect that sucks. That's the biggest thing for me. I don't really care about the A/C going since I park in a garage all day, but it would be nice if I could get the engine warmed up a bit before I get to the car.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:23 AM   #12
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Now that I think more about it, Onstar knows EVERYTHING about your car..wouldn't they be able to tell if your car is not parked in neutral? And if it happens to be the case, they just simply won't start your car. Maybe its just wishful thinking, but it sounds plausible. I'm just tired of walking out of work for lunch, and having to get into a sweltering sauna that is my car.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:26 AM   #13
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You would think they could know if the car was in gear, if the parking brake was set, ect. They should be able to make some parameters when remote start would work and when it would not.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:59 AM   #14
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According to the press release It seems its going to be 2011 only. Is that true you think since The OnStar system hasn't really changed.

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Old 07-22-2010, 12:20 PM   #15
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Make it work for 2010's too. I want the Droid app for my Evo!
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:26 PM   #16
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Not sure if i want a phone to have the ability to unlock my car. If phone is stolen or hacked....... Or if signal from phone is recorded....

I have Remote start on my key-fob.
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Not sure if i want a phone to have the ability to unlock my car. If phone is stolen or hacked....... Or if signal from phone is recorded....

I have Remote start on my key-fob.
It would not be a direct signal from your phone to the car I wouldn't think. The phone would send encrypted data to OnStar over it's data connection and OnStar would send the signal to your car. Do you do mobile banking on your iPhone? It's no different. You will have a username and password.
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i want to be able to roll my windows down too, and maybe up if it rains and im away from car
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It would not be a direct signal from your phone to the car I wouldn't think. The phone would send encrypted data to OnStar over it's data connection and OnStar would send the signal to your car. Do you do mobile banking on your iPhone? It's no different. You will have a username and password.
No I do not do Mobile Banking.

I understand the process, also understand most people check the remember username and password. And very few use the phone lock feature.
Ever lost a phone or had one stolen? I have.

The average person will have the UN/PW saved in the app and no PW protection for their phone. Loose the iPhone in a mall, kid picks it up, sees the ap. Goes to parking lot to look for lights.

Everyone has their thoughts. This is just not one i am comfortable with.

Correct me if i am wrong but your mobile banking app does not spit out cash from a small hole in your phone does it? It is somewhat safer....... you can x-fer funds between ckng and savings, check balance, pay bills... Can not wire transfer your account funds to western union.

People need to understand the risks and be very careful with this is what I am trying to say.

The fact it is done through OnStar means they do not need to be any where near the car to unlock it.
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Can the app fill the car up with 93 too? Cool stuff.
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i want to be able to roll my windows down too, and maybe up if it rains and im away from car
Now THAT I would love! I have had a Lexus and have a 2010 RAM and both allow you to roll the windows down from the remote start.

Helps to cool the car off before you get into it.
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No I do not do Mobile Banking.

I understand the process, also understand most people check the remember username and password. And very few use the phone lock feature.
Ever lost a phone or had one stolen? I have.

The average person will have the UN/PW saved in the app and no PW protection for their phone. Loose the iPhone in a mall, kid picks it up, sees the ap. Goes to parking lot to look for lights.

Everyone has their thoughts. This is just not one i am comfortable with.

Correct me if i am wrong but your mobile banking app does not spit out cash from a small hole in your phone does it? It is somewhat safer....... you can x-fer funds between ckng and savings, check balance, pay bills... Can not wire transfer your account funds to western union.

People need to understand the risks and be very careful with this is what I am trying to say.

The fact it is done through OnStar means they do not need to be any where near the car to unlock it.
Just because you start the car, don't you need the key inserted to move?

Also, it would be very wise to use the lock feature if you have this app. it's good to use anyway. And if anyone is worried about these kind of things, then just lock the phone.
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Also, i have the bank of america app on my phone. i have it remember my username, but then you always have to enter the passcode. there is no option to remember that.
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Ok good to know... I am not worried about someone stealing the car. You need a key to drive... I know a lot of females who lock their purse in the trunk, laptops, etc.... when going in somewhere. It is the ability UnLock the car I am worried about. Which is already on the Key. But you have to be with in range of the car. With OnStar I could walk into a full parking lot at night and just hit the button to see whos lights flashed.

It is good that you lock your phone but most people don't. I have a corporate phone BB and hate that it auto locks.
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