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Part I: Today’s Technology > In-Car Information and Entertainment: OnStar and M...

Chapter 16. In-Car Information and Entertainment: OnStar and MobileAria

The range of products and services now available for in-car information and entertainment is substantial. Today’s choices include services such as satellite radio from XM and Sirius, telematics services from OnStar and MobileAria, and many consumer electronics capabilities such as in-vehicle DVD players, MP3 players, and other types of entertainment systems. The satellite radio services from XM and Sirius are covered in another profile, so in this section we’ll focus on some of the telematics features from companies such as OnStar and MobileAria.

In the information and entertainment category, OnStar offers two services called Personal Calling and Virtual Advisor in addition to their three types of OnStar packages. Personal Calling allows you to initiate voice-activated calls and to receive calls in your car. Virtual Advisor provides the ability to access personalized Web-based content, such as news, stocks, entertainment, and weather (Plate 10). Virtual Advisor can also read your email to you. In terms of content providers, Virtual Advisor includes content from Fidelity Investments, ESPN.com, Disney.com, ABCNEWS.com, Wall Street Journal online, CNN and CNNfn.


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