The Truth About Cars » OnStar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » OnStar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com General Motors Filed a Patent Application for a Navigation System That Knows When You Hate It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/general-motors-filed-patent-application-navigation-system-knows-hate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/general-motors-filed-patent-application-navigation-system-knows-hate/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:05:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1237833 General Motors this month filed a patent application for a navigation system that can gauge how effective it is in frustrating guiding drivers based on their eye movements and how well those drivers follow directions. The patent application filed Dec. 3 details a navigation system that watches “visual focus, the driver vocalizations and the driver emotions, along with vehicle system […]

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General Motors this month filed a patent application for a navigation system that can gauge how effective it is in frustrating guiding drivers based on their eye movements and how well those drivers follow directions. The patent application filed Dec. 3 details a navigation system that watches “visual focus, the driver vocalizations and the driver emotions, along with vehicle system […]

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Who Reads The Instruction Manual? (Update: No One) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/reads-instruction-manual-update-no-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/reads-instruction-manual-update-no-one/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:22:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1152689 J.D. Power and Associates on Tuesday released its study of in-car technology that showed many new car buyers either don’t use features available on their car or aren’t aware they exist. According to the study, at least 20 percent of buyers haven’t used 16 of 33 features targeted by the study, including in-vehicle concierge services such as OnStar (43 […]

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J.D. Power and Associates on Tuesday released its study of in-car technology that showed many new car buyers either don’t use features available on their car or aren’t aware they exist. According to the study, at least 20 percent of buyers haven’t used 16 of 33 features targeted by the study, including in-vehicle concierge services such as OnStar (43 […]

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Apparently All Cars Can Be Hacked Now: Tesla Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/apparently-cars-can-hacked-now-tesla-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/apparently-cars-can-hacked-now-tesla-edition/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1135386 Two men say they’ve managed to shut off a Tesla Model S at low speeds, proving that no car is actually safe on the streets anymore and we should all go back to driving Chevrolet Vegas. The hack, which was reported by the Financial Times and detailed exhaustively by Wired, requires physical access to the […]

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Two men say they’ve managed to shut off a Tesla Model S at low speeds, proving that no car is actually safe on the streets anymore and we should all go back to driving Chevrolet Vegas. The hack, which was reported by the Financial Times and detailed exhaustively by Wired, requires physical access to the […]

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OnStar Hack Can Open Doors, Start Car, Track Driver http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/onstar-hack-can-open-doors-start-car-track-driver/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/onstar-hack-can-open-doors-start-car-track-driver/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129417 Not content with scaring the bejesus out of Chrysler owners, Wired has uncovered a hacker who says he can open a GM car with OnStar, start it or track it remotely. The only thing he can’t do is put the car in gear or steer it, which still requires a key. Hacker Samy Kamkar says […]

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Not content with scaring the bejesus out of Chrysler owners, Wired has uncovered a hacker who says he can open a GM car with OnStar, start it or track it remotely. The only thing he can’t do is put the car in gear or steer it, which still requires a key. Hacker Samy Kamkar says […]

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Verizon Goes Its Own Way With Verizon Vehicle Post-OnStar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/verizon-goes-way-verizon-vehicle-post-onstar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/verizon-goes-way-verizon-vehicle-post-onstar/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=983673 With General Motors’ OnStar breaking up with Verizon after nearly 20 years to wed AT&T this year, and with about 200 million vehicles in the United States that don’t have such a system on-board, what’s a telecom to do? Jump in the game itself, of course. During the final press day of the 2015 Detroit […]

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With General Motors’ OnStar breaking up with Verizon after nearly 20 years to wed AT&T this year, and with about 200 million vehicles in the United States that don’t have such a system on-board, what’s a telecom to do? Jump in the game itself, of course. During the final press day of the 2015 Detroit […]

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New With Most 2014 GM Vehicles: Feds, Spies, And Criminals As Standard Equipment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/new-with-most-2014-gm-vehicles-feds-spies-and-criminals-as-standard-equipment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/new-with-most-2014-gm-vehicles-feds-spies-and-criminals-as-standard-equipment/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:32:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491052   Remote unlocking of your car’s doors via your smartphone , activating horn and lights and remote start, previously part of GM’s paid OnStar service, is becoming a standard feature, GM says.  Buy the car, download the app, and the car can be remote-controlled via your smartphone for five years, whether you pay for OnStar, […]

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  Remote unlocking of your car’s doors via your smartphone , activating horn and lights and remote start, previously part of GM’s paid OnStar service, is becoming a standard feature, GM says.  Buy the car, download the app, and the car can be remote-controlled via your smartphone for five years, whether you pay for OnStar, […]

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Forget Starbucks – It’s Carbucks! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/forget-starbucks-its-carbucks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/forget-starbucks-its-carbucks/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:54:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478963 Not only will GM’s OnStar switch from the allegedly ultra-reliable and most dense Verizon network to the allegedly not-so reliable and not-so-dense AT &T network, as Reuters reports. It will also “make each of its cars an Internet hotspot with a high-speed broadband connection,” as Automotive News has it. GM will start using AT&T in […]

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Not only will GM’s OnStar switch from the allegedly ultra-reliable and most dense Verizon network to the allegedly not-so reliable and not-so-dense AT &T network, as Reuters reports. It will also “make each of its cars an Internet hotspot with a high-speed broadband connection,” as Automotive News has it. GM will start using AT&T in […]

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OnStar Glitch Causes GM To Halt Sales Of Certain Models http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/onstar-glitch-causes-gm-to-halt-sales-of-certain-models/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/onstar-glitch-causes-gm-to-halt-sales-of-certain-models/#comments Sat, 08 Sep 2012 17:18:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459459 A software glitch in the OnStar system caused GM to halt sales of certain models, including the brand-new Cadillac ATS. Some 60,000 vehicles were affected by the glitch, which prevents OnStar’s crash notification system from notifying their call center in certain collisions that don’t trigger the airbags. Among the cars affected are the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, […]

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A software glitch in the OnStar system caused GM to halt sales of certain models, including the brand-new Cadillac ATS. Some 60,000 vehicles were affected by the glitch, which prevents OnStar’s crash notification system from notifying their call center in certain collisions that don’t trigger the airbags. Among the cars affected are the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, […]

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Pimp Your Ride. Or: OnStar Allows Perfect Strangers To Open Your Car With Their Cell Phones http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/pimp-your-ride-or-onstar-allows-perfect-strangers-to-open-car-doors-with-their-cell-phones/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/pimp-your-ride-or-onstar-allows-perfect-strangers-to-open-car-doors-with-their-cell-phones/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:58:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453114 Need some extra money? Want to work from home? Easy: Sell her to perfect strangers, by the hour. You will receive assistance in pimping her as long as she’s an OnStar-equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac.   According to a GM release, GM OnStar subscribers can now rent out their idle vehicles through the RelayRides marketplace, […]

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Need some extra money? Want to work from home? Easy: Sell her to perfect strangers, by the hour. You will receive assistance in pimping her as long as she’s an OnStar-equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac.   According to a GM release, GM OnStar subscribers can now rent out their idle vehicles through the RelayRides marketplace, […]

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2014 Chevrolet SS Performance – Great Car, Awful Name. Cadillac ELR Also Coming http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/2014-chevrolet-ss-performance-great-car-awful-name-cadillac-elr-also-coming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/2014-chevrolet-ss-performance-great-car-awful-name-cadillac-elr-also-coming/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:35:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441648 Technology blogger Christopher Price has found out that two all-new 2014 models from GM are coming, thanks to doing some digging around OnStar’s website. Price found out that 2014 will bring about a Cadillac ELR, the long rumored Cadillac version of the Chevrolet Volt. Chevrolet will also apparently get a car dubbed the “SS Performance”, […]

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Technology blogger Christopher Price has found out that two all-new 2014 models from GM are coming, thanks to doing some digging around OnStar’s website. Price found out that 2014 will bring about a Cadillac ELR, the long rumored Cadillac version of the Chevrolet Volt. Chevrolet will also apparently get a car dubbed the “SS Performance”, […]

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This Is The Chevy Volt’s Post-Crash Safety Protocol http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:18:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420867 TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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Rent Out Your Car Via Onstar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:21:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413721 Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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GM Drops Proposed OnStar Policy Changes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-drops-proposed-onstar-policy-changes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-drops-proposed-onstar-policy-changes/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:15:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412723 Under attack from privacy advocates and US Senators, Onstar will be dropping plans to automatically track vehicles that are not subscribed to its service, and will make post-cancellation tracking an opt-in option, rather than opt-out. A GM statement reads: DETROIT – OnStar announced today it is reversing its proposed Terms and Conditions policy changes and will […]

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Under attack from privacy advocates and US Senators, Onstar will be dropping plans to automatically track vehicles that are not subscribed to its service, and will make post-cancellation tracking an opt-in option, rather than opt-out. A GM statement reads: DETROIT – OnStar announced today it is reversing its proposed Terms and Conditions policy changes and will […]

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Senators Franken And Coons Question OnStar Over New Policies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/senators-franken-and-coons-question-onstar-over-new-policies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/senators-franken-and-coons-question-onstar-over-new-policies/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:54:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412512 Editor’s note: When I wrote about OnStar’s latest round of privacy concerns, I didn’t realize that the chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law had voiced his own concerns in a letter published just the day before. Here is the letter, as published at Senator Franken’s website. OnStar has already said […]

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Editor’s note: When I wrote about OnStar’s latest round of privacy concerns, I didn’t realize that the chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law had voiced his own concerns in a letter published just the day before. Here is the letter, as published at Senator Franken’s website. OnStar has already said […]

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Onstar Responds To Privacy Concerns. Again. Still. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/onstar-responds-to-privacy-concerns-again-still/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/onstar-responds-to-privacy-concerns-again-still/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:46:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412428 Concerns over privacy have haunted GM’s OnStar business for as long as it’s been around, and responses like this video have become something of an annual routine for OnStar’s executives. The latest round of furor involves changes to OnStar’s policies, which the New York Times describes thusly The first regards what happens when a customer […]

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Concerns over privacy have haunted GM’s OnStar business for as long as it’s been around, and responses like this video have become something of an annual routine for OnStar’s executives. The latest round of furor involves changes to OnStar’s policies, which the New York Times describes thusly The first regards what happens when a customer […]

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Want To Spy On The Kids/Spouse? Onstar Has The Answer! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/want-to-spy-on-the-kidsspouse-onstar-has-the-answer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/want-to-spy-on-the-kidsspouse-onstar-has-the-answer/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:11:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404941 GM’s Onstar division has long raised privacy concerns among the professionally paranoid, but now it’s putting all that observational power into the hands of consumers, with a pilot program called “Family Link.”  Described in GM’s presser as “a new optional service that will explore ways subscribers can stay connected to their loved ones,” the service […]

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GM’s Onstar division has long raised privacy concerns among the professionally paranoid, but now it’s putting all that observational power into the hands of consumers, with a pilot program called “Family Link.”  Described in GM’s presser as “a new optional service that will explore ways subscribers can stay connected to their loved ones,” the service […]

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Piston Slap: Push On Steepstakes, Take In Financial Burden? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/piston-slap-push-on-steepstakes-take-in-financial-burden/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/piston-slap-push-on-steepstakes-take-in-financial-burden/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:33:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389777 Steve writes: Hi Sajeev, For those of us who have entered the OnStar “Push On” contest that is giving away 10 GM vehicles of the winner’s choice and who feel lucky (yeah, right), we have a potential problem.  You get a GM vehicle of your choice and $25K to cover taxes, delivery, dealer prep, added […]

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Steve writes: Hi Sajeev, For those of us who have entered the OnStar “Push On” contest that is giving away 10 GM vehicles of the winner’s choice and who feel lucky (yeah, right), we have a potential problem.  You get a GM vehicle of your choice and $25K to cover taxes, delivery, dealer prep, added […]

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OnStar, Now Available As An Out Of The Box Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/onstar-now-available-as-an-out-of-the-box-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/onstar-now-available-as-an-out-of-the-box-experience/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 18:15:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379572 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 […]

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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 […]

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Onstar Explores The Line Between Convenience And Distraction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/onstar-explores-the-line-between-convenience-and-distraction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/onstar-explores-the-line-between-convenience-and-distraction/#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:35:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365211 The never-ending tension between the desire to give consumers more choices of in-car gizmos and the need to halt the advance of distracted driving took another confused twist this week, as Onstar announced that it is testing new features that could allow drivers to listen to text messages and update their Facebook status from behind […]

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The never-ending tension between the desire to give consumers more choices of in-car gizmos and the need to halt the advance of distracted driving took another confused twist this week, as Onstar announced that it is testing new features that could allow drivers to listen to text messages and update their Facebook status from behind […]

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Volt-Google Android Cooperation Presages Next-Gen Onstar System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/volt-google-android-cooperation-presages-next-gen-onstar-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/volt-google-android-cooperation-presages-next-gen-onstar-system/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 16:37:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356849 GM’s OnStar division is preparing for a big push into new info-tainment and connectivity services, and it’s launching the effort at Google’s I/O conference starting tomorrow. First up is a new Google-maps-based navigation feature for Android phones running the Chevy Volt mobile app, featured in the video above [presser here]. Though this new navigation system […]

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GM’s OnStar division is preparing for a big push into new info-tainment and connectivity services, and it’s launching the effort at Google’s I/O conference starting tomorrow. First up is a new Google-maps-based navigation feature for Android phones running the Chevy Volt mobile app, featured in the video above [presser here]. Though this new navigation system […]

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Wild Ass Rumor Of The Day: GM And Google Discussing Onstar-Android Tie-Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-gm-and-google-discussing-onstar-android-tie-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/wild-ass-rumor-of-the-day-gm-and-google-discussing-onstar-android-tie-up/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 22:47:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356332 The Wall Street Journal [sub] reports that GM and Google are discussing new ways to connect the internet giant’s Android mobile phone operating system with GM’s Onstar system. OnStar’s president Chris Preuss has hinted that “big news” is coming next week, spurring speculation about the features that a partnership with Google could yield for Onstar. […]

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The Wall Street Journal [sub] reports that GM and Google are discussing new ways to connect the internet giant’s Android mobile phone operating system with GM’s Onstar system. OnStar’s president Chris Preuss has hinted that “big news” is coming next week, spurring speculation about the features that a partnership with Google could yield for Onstar. […]

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Have You Really Thought This Through Edition: Onstar To Invade China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/have-your-really-thought-this-through-edition-onstar-to-invade-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/have-your-really-thought-this-through-edition-onstar-to-invade-china/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 12:43:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=333752 Nannification makes a great leap forward: OnStar services will be activated and fully operational in China in December 2009 on some Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles, PRNewswire reports. The system will be operated by OnStar Telematics Company Limited, a joint venture between  GM and SAIC. According to the blurb, “this is OnStar’s first venture outside […]

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Nannification makes a great leap forward: OnStar services will be activated and fully operational in China in December 2009 on some Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles, PRNewswire reports. The system will be operated by OnStar Telematics Company Limited, a joint venture between  GM and SAIC. According to the blurb, “this is OnStar’s first venture outside […]

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