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Eager To Make Some Cash? Rent Out Your Car Through RelayRides
Eager To Make Some Cash? Rent Out Your Car Through RelayRides

The economy may be on the upswing, but what family doesn’t need a little extra cash to cover necessities right now? One answer may be right in your garage or driveway, in the form of an extra or unused vehicle. You may be able to earn a tidy sum renting it out through a peer-to-peer...Read More»

RelayRides
Need Wheels In Walla Walla? RelayRides Car-Sharing Goes National

Strapped for cash? Have a working car in the driveway? Now you can rent it out using RelayRides, anywhere in the U.S. We've talked about RelayRides before: it's a car-sharing start-up that allows folks with under-used wheels to loan them out to friends and strangers in exchange for cold, hard...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
Robocalls: New Threat To OnStar? What To Do If You Get One

There we were, driving along in our 2012 Chevrolet Sonic test car, when it spoke to us. "You have an incoming call," it said. Which was startling, since our prehistoric, coal-powered mobile phone is incapable of pairing with anything beyond a headset. Ah, yes, right, it's the built-in OnStar...Read More»

OnStar's "Monster Dodger" service. Image: GM Corp.
OnStar Wants To Be Your Monster Dodger Service This Halloween

Every year, come Halloween, there's talk about zombie outbreaks. And while such an undead invasion has yet to come to fruition in this writer's lifetime, you just never know when one might take place. This Halloween, OnStar is going to provide Monster Dodger services to all its customers. OnStar...Read More»

RelayRides and OnStar
GM Allows OnStar Owners To Rent Out Their Cars Using RelayRides

Car-sharing is all in the news today with the announcement from General Motors that it will allow OnStar owners to loan out their vehicles using OnStar hardware. This comes as the result of a new partnership between GM and RelayRides, a car-sharing service. Car-sharing is a simple concept, really...Read More»

RelayRides and OnStar
GM To Let OnStar Owners Rent Out Their Cars Using RelayRides

Car-sharing got a major boost this morning as General Motors announced a new partnership with RelayRides. GM plans to let OnStar subscribers loan out their vehicles using OnStar hardware. If you're unfamiliar with RelayRides, it's a car-sharing service comparable to Getaround. In a nutshell, car...Read More»

OnStar
OnStar Customers Win, Privacy Policy Changes Reversed

Public outcry over the sensitive issue of privacy has resulted in a complete reversal of OnStar’s privacy policy change due to take effect December 1. That, and the fact that one U.S. Senator, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had called the previous plan “a brazen invasion of privacy” and...Read More»

OnStar
OnStar Caves, Reverses Privacy Policy Change

After announcing plans to change its terms and conditions to enable what one U.S. Senator called a "brazen" invasion of privacy, OnStar has decided to reverse its course, and will not collect and share data from canceled subscribers. OnStar had planned to change its terms of service to allow it to...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013 Cadillac ATS, Gas Prices: Car News Headlines

Chevrolet's latest subcompact isn't subar and Cadillac is preparing the upcoming 2013 ATS. Gas prices are falling and Nissan is taking iAds to a new level while the first 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sells for $250,000. All this and more in today's car news, right here on TheCarConnection. We drive...Read More»

Senator Charles Schumer
OnStar Committing 'Brazen' Invasion Of Privacy, Says Senator

On Thursday, we told you about OnStar's new terms of service, which go live this December. Among the more controversial features in the company's new customer agreement, OnStar now reserves the right to share details about owners' location, speed, and other factors with third parties. Worse: OnStar...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
OnStar Is Watching (Even After Your Subscription Expires)

UPDATE: OnStar has issued a video clarifying the TOS. It's embedded below. Every day, it seems the world gets a little smaller, and like a slowly shrinking dormitory, it becomes harder to get any privacy. Sadly, the latest Terms of Service agreement from OnStar isn't making things easier for...Read More»

OnStar FMV
Would You Buy OnStar From A Dealer Or Best Buy?

Earlier this year, General Motors announced plans to sell OnStar as an aftermarket system called OnStar FMV (or "For My Vehicle"). The company recently made good on its promise, shipping OnStar FMV kits to select dealerships across the country, as well as other shops like Best Buy. Which raises at...Read More»

State Farm's In-Drive telematics system
State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]

It's no secret that car shoppers are smitten with technology, and nothing is hotter right now than the mix of navigation and concierge services known generally as "telematics". GM has made a bundle with OnStar, and now State Farm has partnered with Hughes Telematics to grab its own slice of the pie...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar Family Link Pilot Program Helps Parents Track Teens

Parents have it tough, trying to keep track of their teens driving the family car. With a new system from OnStar called Family Link, however, the job could get a whole lot easier. Of course, for now, the program is just in the pilot stages. But there’s obviously a great deal of interest in...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
Need To Keep Tabs On Your Teen? OnStar Could Soon Help

Parents of teenagers have it rough -- the backtalk, the defiance, the growth spurts. Perhaps worst of all is having to worry about young, inexperienced drivers, but General Motors is working on an update to OnStar that could put parents' minds at ease. GM is testing a new OnStar service called...Read More»

OnStar FMV
OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) Now Available for 90K Older Vehicles

The OnStar suite of automotive safety and security services is now available for some 90 million older vehicles on the road in an out-of-the-box application called OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle). The cost for OnStar FMV is $299.95, plus $75 installation. The product will be available July 24 at Best...Read More»

GM OnStar FMV
Win OnStar FMV System Via Facebook Contest

Earlier today, OnStar announced its OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV) system for launch on July 24th. If you can't wait that long, or just want it for free, OnStar is giving out OnStar FMV via a Facebook contest. OnStar FMV adds OnStar to most non-GM vehicles with an aftermarket mirror that replaces your...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
Will Ford's Live SYNC Assistants Match OnStar? #YouTellUs

Ford's SYNC system has a lot of features, but the one thing it is missing is a real live person. That may be changing, as Ford has announced it is beta-testing live operator assistance for its SYNC services. Ford says no extra hardware or software is necessary. By using the Operator Assist voice...Read More»

Ford SYNC Destinations app
Can Ford's Live SYNC Beat OnStar? #YouTellUs

Ford announced yesterday that it will begin beta-testing live operator assistance for SYNC services. The concept is similar to what OnStar offers with directions and points of interest. But will SYNC beat OnStar at its own game? Ford has already set itself up as a technology leader with SYNC...Read More»

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