Verizon Goes Its Own Way With Verizon Vehicle Post-OnStar

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
verizon goes its own way with verizon vehicle post onstar

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 Auto Show Tuesday, Verizon announced it would be debuting its newest service, Verizon Vehicle, in Q2 2015; nationwide retailer availability will come later in the year. The service would provide users with all the things OnStar users have had for years, including: diagnostics assistance with ASE Certified Mechanics; one-button live assistance; and roadside assistance with GPS.

As for how this will be accomplished for the aforementioned 200 million vehicles without the luxury of OnStar, Verizon Vehicle subscribers will use an OBD reader to obtain information via the vehicle’s diagnostic port, a Bluetooth-enabled visor-mounted speaker for live one-on-one communication, and a free smartphone app to accomplish the same. Subscribers can also use the app to have customer service reps contact them via email, text, push notification or phone. A second button on the speaker handles all emergency situations.

No subscription rates were announced at this time.

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  • APaGttH APaGttH on Jan 15, 2015

    And the question I ask is - why?


    One problem with OnStar is their ridiculous subscription rates. $38 for Directions & Connections when it's free with most GPS systems. They prefer to sell 100 minutes airtime for $30 in an era with far better value plans. When you ask to unsubscribe they offer you a discount ($19 a month) but the system is so hard to use. It's like Suri had a botched electronic sister who hijacked the telecommunications world. Favorite phrase: "Say yesorno" followed by "I didn't understand". Also a police officer told me OnStar was NOT hands free because you have to push the button on the rear view mirror ($187 fine if you are caucasian; immigrants have their cases dismissed in court along with a request "just don't do that again", spoken in the wrong language!). Since I have Verizon service now I look forward to this new offer. It should be priced at $11 per month, unlimited calling to other Verizon users. Probably only on OBD-II equipped cars, 1996 and on. Many older OnStar systems (2001 Pontiac Bonneville for example) were analog and the format is no longer supported.

  • Zerofoo The UAW understands that this is their last stand. Their future consists of largely robot assembled EVs that contain far fewer parts. Factories moving to southern "right to work" states and factories moving to the southern-most state of Mexico.I don't think lights-out auto factories are on the horizon, but UAW demands might move those automated manufacturing process timelines up.McDonalds opened a fully automated restaurant in Texas in 2022 in response to a $15/hour minimum wage demand. I'm fairly certain that at $130/hr - fully robotic car factories start to make sense.
  • Redapple2 Cherry 20 yr old Defenders are $100,000 +. Til now.
  • Analoggrotto So UAW is singling out Ford, treating them slightly better in order to motivate the entire effort. Mildly Machiavellian but this will cost them dearly in the future. The type of ill will and betrayal the Detroit-3 must be feeling right now will be the utter demise of UAW. I just hope that this tribulation is not affecting Mary Barra's total hotness.
  • Redapple2 I guessed they were ~$150,000. Maybe attainable.
  • Redapple2 want one.