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The applications have three main areas: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features. They will work with 2011 Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac models. Of course you could use the non-vehicle specific and OnStar-specific features on any car.
The location-based area of the application utilizes the GPS in your phone for a myriad of different features. One of the more innovative features has to do with parking meters. You can set your parking location on a map and then set a timer for how long you have left on the meter. You also have the ability to add a photo, note or details just incase you forget the exact spot.
Vehicle-specific features literally bring the owners manual to your smartphone. From how to set radio presets to what warning lights mean, it is all there. The innovative part is how it goes about recognizing your vehicle. Utilizing your camera on the smartphone, you take a picture of the vehicle identification number, the phone can read the number off the picture and pull up which vehicle is yours.
The applications OnStar integration really brings how you interact with your car to a whole new level. You will be able to perform remote commands from anywhere you have a cellular signal. One feature gives you the ability to lock and unlock your vehicle from thousands of miles. Very handy for those that can not remember if they locked the car while on vacation.
This is one step in the evolution of being connected to our vehicles. The ability to lock or unlock your car from halfway across the world is probably one of the coolest parts. The features are almost just icing on the cake. It seems OnStar just put itself back on the map.