GM OnStar: the tracking service which also assists the driver

GM OnStar: the tracking service which also assists the driver

Recently the federal government decided to stop the pilot project which would make compulsory the use of an identification chip in all existing vehicles, starting in 2016. But still the government keeps the idea of having devices to zero kilometer cars and some automakers bet on their own proposals. Volvo and BMW already use for some time, systems that work very well, including Brazil. The Volvo OnCall system already operates at two years and the automaker says that in 2014, 100% of stolen cars, 93% were found in less than 3 hours.

The General Motors tries to topple this medium, with GM OnStar.
Cars with OnStar, has 3 buttons on your rearview who run the system. In the US The service has three plans ranging from US $ 199.90 to US $ 349.90 a year. The OnStar combines electronic diagnostic technology (general information of car electronics central), tracking, guidance, cell phone, GPS navigation and passive safety. The car diagnostic data can be received by email or phone app and show, for example, how many kilometers have been shot in the month and how much fuel was spent. It also has an alarm system and remote security, which may even find and off the car at a distance.

In Brazil, because of local laws, OnStar will be limited and will only have the personal assistance services, assistance in accidents, vehicle security and remote monitoring. According to GM, this way the service works as complimentary first year of purchase Chevrolet Cruze (currently the only car with OnStar) and is paid from the second year. Only were not disclosed values of the available plans, after this period of 1 year.
GM says that worldwide, OnStar is a success and a brand differentiation in the face of rivals but here in Brazil the automaker hopes to learn from the Brazilian consumer habits.

The 3 buttons on the rear is a black, one blue and one red. The black button enables Bluetooth telephony system without the driver need to remove the phone from his pocket. The blue button activates the care system and connectivity, where the driver receives a call from OnStar employees who can make quick queries on the Internet, ask questions, read news and even the horoscope. They can also be given information about sights or interest and can even be made reservations at hotel.
On top of that he has a navigation service and a car recovery service center, which monitors the movement of the vehicle and sends a speed reduction command or until engine lock.
With the red button, SOS, the user is connected to a specific emergency line and may require mechanical and electrical rescue, towing or assistance for changing tires.
This technology should gradually be deployed in other vehicles of Chevrolet and perhaps become more widespread in Brazil.