An ultra-precise GPS is a technological keystone for autonomous cars. Tough to execute with satellite data alone, it needs to be physically mapped. GM realized most of their cars are already fitted with cameras, and is turning them on to cartography with partner Mobileye.
We all saw GM's Super Bowl ad: "if you had 4G LTE OnStar in your truck you could stream the game!" I shrugged. How good could WiFi be, bottled into a cellphone signal and piped through a pickup truck? Well I'm testing it in a 2015 GMC Sierra right now, and I think I'm ready to make it my new business address.
In a broad-reaching report by 60 Minutes about DARPA and the Internet of Things, the Department of Defense has shown that it can hack General Motors' OnStar system to remote control a last-gen Chevrolet Impala.
The idea that every site, every service, every bit of data that flows through the wondrous tubes of the Internet should be treated fairly is what Net Neutrality is all about. And GM isn't quite on board, at least for mobile data.
It doesn't seem like there would be that many reasons to turn your car into a wifi hotspot, but consumers now demands to be connected to the web on all their devices all the time. There's wifi on planes and wifi in trains and now, with GM, there's wifi in cars. Surprisingly, the in-car wifi works the best right now.
OnStar — it's not just for Batman anymore! (Does anyone remember that? No? Okay, forget it.) And one woman says she's glad she had the system on her car after an OnStar dispatcher found a clever way to save her life last year when she wasn't able to communicate.
A little bit of good news from GM, which is harder to come by lately. The automaker's OnStar division is partnering with the Detroit Police Department to make it easier to track down stolen cars with the service. Great news for that narrow population of people that actually have it!
I recently got to experience the OnStar-based eNav "GPS lite" that GM offers to customers too cheap to order the proper map-based navigation. Those people may have saved a few bucks at the dealership, but they're going to pay for the duration of their vehicle ownership with pain and suffering.
DETROIT – Nearly 250 times in the last five years, a signal to an OnStar-equipped stolen vehicle has helped stop a car thief in the act, gradually and safely slowing the vehicle to avoid a high-speed chase.
If your car spends most of the week sitting in a driveway or parking garage, why not defray some of the cost of owning it by renting it out? That's the thinking behind RelayRides, a company that connects renters with the owners of idle cars.
In Minority Report, Tom Cruise was served up individually-targeted ads. Now it appears General Motors wants to make this futuristic science fiction technology a reality with a just-published patent for billboards designed to serve up ads targeting a specific car based on their last navigational system input.
Suspicious spouses used to have to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars on private investigators to keep tabs on their significant other, but a new feature from General Motors' OnStar division can do it for just over a dime a day.
OnStar has played eye-in-the-sky for police chasing down stolen GM vehicles about 58,000 times since the system was introduced. But last week it helped do something it's never done before — it rescued a woman's Chrysler. Yup, carjackers who don't read Jalopnik are going to be so confused.
While lawmakers are passing stricter regulations on cellphone usage in cars, OnStar seems to be bucking that trend. At CES they'll be showing off a new in-car 4G infotainment system that will stream video content and allow for video calls.
In the face of a full-on revolt from users and pressure from Congress, Drudge Report and other media outlets, General Motors' OnStar service just announced it was reversing plans to keep tracking vehicles of its 6 million subscribers if they cancel the service. Now once it's off, it's off.
For years, General Motors' OnStar service has been a stoic electronic nanny, there to help if your car's crashed or stolen, but otherwise pleasantly unobtrusive. Now OnStar wants the right to sell data about GM owners' driving habits — even if they've canceled the service.
Microsoft and Toyota today announced they've forged a strategic partnership to build a global platform for ToMoCo's next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. In layman's terms — they're building a GM OnStar competitor.
OnStar subscribers along the Pacific coast can push the blue button and get access to trained crisis-assist advisors who can give info or send help. OnStar also urges those with the button to help out non-subscribers too.
GM's just announced details on its new Sync-fighting infotainment system called MyLink. As in "Chevy" MyLink and "Buick" MyLink and "GMC" MyLink and...well, you get the picture. Basically, it does everything Sync does. It's a shame it took 'em three years to do it.
When Chris Preuss was appointed OnStar's President last March, he was tasked with revitalizing the crown jewel of automotive telematics systems. He's since developed a new marketing campaign and a push into consumer electronics. Go ahead, ask him anything.