• hi100 avatar hi100 Posted: 7/28/2011 7:34pm PDT

    Maybe, They should be showing this to the Auto Makers. This is NOT good news for auto owners... If GM does not correct this unsafe problem, ....
    It will make me think twice before buying a GM model.
    What other makers has similar systems?

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 7/29/2011 5:04am PDT

    Many offer some form of telematics system: Ford has SYNC, Mercedes has mbrace, BMW has Assist, Lexus has Enform, Toyota has Safety Connect and Hyundai is rolling out BlueLink.

    Of the programs currently available, only OnStar, mbrace, BMW Assist and BlueLink offer remote unlocking. OnStar, mbrace and BlueLink are the only services with a vehicle finder, and OnStar is the only one I'm aware of that allows remote vehicle starting.

    That said, remember that OnStar also offers stolen vehicle tracking and remote slow down / shut down. If your GM vehicle is stolen, it won't stay missing for long.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 7/29/2011 10:52am PDT

    Kurt - why are you answering email at 5.04 am?
    OT: even if Onstar does help the police find the missing car, it might be trashed. I happened to my family.
    The Remote Starting capability has a narrow benefit but a huge liability.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 7/29/2011 12:53pm PDT

    Carl, as any One Lap Of America participant can tell you, sleep is for the weak (besides, I'm on the East coast, so it was really 8:04 AM. A better question would be why I'm writing, answering e-mail and responding to comments seven days a week...

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 7/29/2011 2:22pm PDT

    Hungry? Paid by the word?
    So now I know - even our posts are time shifted, Who'da thunk that?

  • fb_100001761028868 avatar Brake Posted: 7/29/2011 3:37pm PDT

    Don't worry too much about little ol' GM. Some hackers are working on Bluetooth cracking. Using this method, a 15-year-old can stand near your car and break into the BCM through the TMPS Bluetooth network. Once in, they remotely unlock the doors and crank the starter. Good bye!

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 7/29/2011 2:29pm PDT

    Is there any other benefit to having the remote starting capability than having the car outside warming up while you sit inside finishing your coffee?
    Does this feature automatically lock the doors and leave the interior lights OFF?
    My Toyota lights the headlights as soon as the engine is running. Would that be a "steal me" signal?