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Part I: Today’s Technology > In-Car Safety and Security: OnStar

Chapter 15. In-Car Safety and Security: OnStar

One of the first words that comes to mind when we think about in-car safety and security is OnStar. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors and is the nation’s leadingprovider of in-vehicle safety, security, and information services using the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technology. The service was launched in fall 1996 and is now available on all Cadillacs, Buicks, Saabs, and Saturns, all GM minivans and sport utilities, and a large range of midsize sedans from Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile. In fact, for 2003, GM is offering OnStar services in 44 out of its 53 models. OnStar currently has over 2 million subscribers and has handled over 10 million responses since 1996.

The service provided by OnStar includes automatic notification of air bag deployment, stolen vehicle location, emergency services, roadside assistance with location, remote door unlock, remote diagnostics, route support, OnStar concierge, and convenience services. Two additional services, introduced in 2001, include Personal Calling, which provides hands-free, voice-activated phone calls, and Virtual Advisor, which provides access to personalized Web-based information in a hands-free, voice-activated manner. We’ll look at Personal Calling and Virtual Advisor in more detail in the following section on in-car information and entertainment, but for now we’ll focus on the safety and security aspects of the service.


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