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Chevrolets can now predict when they'll need service, thanks to OnStar
Chevrolets can now predict when they'll need service, thanks to OnStar

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, General Motors announced a new suite of tools to help car owners get a jump on maintenance needs before they become maintenance headaches. Now, those tools have rolled out to five Chevrolet models, with more to receive them down the road. CHECK OUT...Read More»

Sandra Bullock, hacking victim, in THE NET
Basically, Every Car Is Now Vulnerable To Hacking

The auto world has been thinking a lot about hacking lately. For years, it wasn't much of a concern, but now that many new cars are connected to telematics networks like Uconnect and OnStar and to cellular networks via dongles attached to their onboard diagnostics ports, our rides are becoming...Read More»

OnStar for Retail
OnStar Is Vulnerable To Hackers, Too: Here's What You Can Do To Protect Your Car

A couple of weeks ago, two hackers made headlines when they wreaked havoc on a Jeep Grand Cherokee by exploiting a weakness in the vehicle's Uconnect telematics system. (Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, subsequently issued a recall to patch the security hole.) But as we pointed...Read More»

OnStar Theft Alarm Notification
Chevrolet Adds Theft Alarm Feature: Now Your Car Can Text You If It's Being Stolen

General Motors' OnStar service debuted in 1996, just as cell phones were evolving from expensive, ugly, shoe-sized appliances into sleeker, trimmer accessories that could easily be stowed in a pocket or purse. OnStar's premise of embedding that kind of anytime, anywhere communications technology in...Read More»

OnStar's AtYourService offering
OnStar's AtYourService Tells Drivers About Nearby Deals, Parking, Hotel Rooms, And More

Yesterday, we told you about some new features that will soon come to General Motors' OnStar, including predictive diagnostics and driving assessment. But as Steve Jobs used to say, there's one more thing: OnStar is also getting a shopping service that connects drivers with nearby deals, parking...Read More»

Chevrolet's new OnStar services, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
OnStar Adds High-Tech Tools To Predict Maintenance Needs & Offer Insurance Discounts

America's biggest auto event -- the North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show -- kicks off in just a few days, but General Motors is getting a jump on the fun by announcing two upgrades to its onboard infotainment service, OnStar. The first of those upgrades lets...Read More»

Chevrolet cars now with 4G LTE capability
GM, Audi Roll Out 4G LTE Plans: The Car Goes High-Speed (Data)

General Motors [NYSE:GM] has announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it will be installing high-speed 4G LTE data connections—including hot-spot capability—into the majority of its Chevy vehicles within the next year, with the rest of automaker's vehicle portfolio to...Read More»

AT&T
AT&T Gets Into Car-Monitoring Game With Pricey 'Audiovox Car Connection'

We are rapidly approaching a new age -- one defined by the Internet of Things. If you aren't familiar with that term, don't worry: you'll hear it discussed ad nauseum very soon. It refers to a world filled with networked devices -- not just smartphones and tablets, but washing machines, eyeglasses...Read More»

OnStar partners with RelayRides on peer-to-peer car rentals
RelayRides Lets You Park For Free At The Airport

Every so often, we have to do something unpleasant -- something much worse than cleaning up after sick kids or vacuuming under the fridge. We have to admit we were wrong. And so, to anyone at RelayRides who happens to be reading this post: we apologize. When your company debuted in 2011, we laughed...Read More»

Volkswagen Car-Net website
Volkswagen Launches OnStar Competitor, Car-Net

When General Motors debuted OnStar in 1996, some folks weren't sure what to make of it. Sure, having an assistant on hand in case of an accident sounded like a good idea, but paying a monthly subscription seemed expensive. And what about privacy? How could users be sure they weren't being watched?...Read More»

GM Remote Link
GM Moving Remote Start, Door Unlock, & Others To Standard Features List

General Motors has announced today that it will be moving a few optional extras over to the standard features list. When a customer takes delivery of a 2014 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle, he or she will be able to sign up for a paid or trial version of the OnStar system. That system...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport Truck
Chevrolet Gives 50 Trucks & Vans To Hurricane Relief Efforts

Here's a bit of good news related to Hurricane Sandy: Chevrolet has donated 50 Silverado pickups and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross. They'll be used in relief efforts across the Eastern seaboard and in other areas affected by the storm. What's more: General Motors' OnStar unit is...Read More»

2013 Scion FR-S
2013 Scion FR-S, 2013 Honda Accord, 2014 Volkswagen GTI: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, the OnStar mirror received an update and BMW launched new urban mobility apps. We spied the 2014 Volkswagen GTI and posted our video road test of the 2013 Scion FR-S. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. A new report indicates the 1994...Read More»

New OnStar buttons for select 2013 General Motors models
OnStar Mirror Gets A Minor Makeover

In America, we often believe that bigger is better. We don't eat hamburgers, we eat Whoppers and Quarter-Pounders. We don't sip sodas, we slug Big Gulps. And who's going to waste time on a home improvement show that doesn't feature an extreme makeover? With that in mind, the revamped OnStar buttons...Read More»

Hyundai Blue Link - Geo Fence
Find My Child: OnStar Family Link, Hyundai Blue Link, Ford MyKey Raise Privacy Concerns?

Parents may value the ability to locate their teenage son or daughter who’s driving the family (or parent-purchased car) and is either out late, straying from family-imposed boundaries, or exceeding the posted speed limit—maybe all of these. Automakers offer such technology, and the...Read More»

OnStar FMV
OnStar FMV Now On Sale For $99 Through June 16

OnStar has been a game-changer in the automotive industry. Offering a range of features like emergency assistance, hands-free calling, and turn-by-turn navigation, OnStar brought the in-car concierge to a mass audience. In fact, OnStar has been so successful that, from May 6 through June 16...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar’s Family Link Lets You Keep Track Of Your Car As Well As Your Kids…

As parents, we all want to know where our children are, especially if they’re driving, right? Following an obviously successful test period, OnStar is rolling out its new Family Link add-on option to regular OnStar service that allows owners of OnStar-equipped vehicles to do just that. As we...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar Family Link Lets You Keep Tabs On Your Car (And Your Kids)

Last summer, we told you about Family Link, a new service being tested for OnStar subscribers who want to track their vehicles from afar. Apparently, the test run was a smashing success, because the service is now being made available to all OnStar subscribers over the course of this year. Family...Read More»

Good Samaritan calls to OnStar in 2011
Where Do The Most Helpful Drivers In America Live?

Every year, thousands of drivers contact OnStar operators to let them know about other motorists involved in collisions, vehicle fires, and other dangerous situations. OnStar keeps track of these "Good Samaritan" acts, and recently the company ranked America's ten biggest metro areas, based on the...Read More»

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