Dying to have OnStar in our car, but don’t want to buy a GM car? No problem! At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, GM unveiled an add-OnStar that fits (nearly) any car.
It comes as a retail, boxed version of an OnStar-equipped rearview mirror, providing the joys of OnStar (crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, stolen vehicle location assistance, emergency and roadside services and hands-free calling) to the less fortunate who can’t call a GM product their own.
According to ZDNet, GM thinks this is “a bold move.” ZDNet predicts that the boxed mirror “will no doubt irritate rivals like Ford, Lincoln, Kia, Toyota, Lexus and Audi, which all have similar platforms deployed or in the works.”
The mirror will be available in the U.S. in spring 2011 for $299. Installation will run another hundred bucks. Service plans for non-GM vehicles will start at $18.95 per month, or $199 per year. GM thinks that the OnStar mirror will work on 99 percent of the top 20 selling non-GM vehicles made during the last 10 years.