Detroit auto-maker General Motors will be making remote unlock and remote start a standard feature on its fleet of cars for the 2014 model year. Through a smartphone-controlled OnStar RemoteLink Mobile app, GM car buyers can now tap into the vehicle’s OnStar system to remotely unlock and start their cars without the need for a physical car key. For consumers, this means that the days of being stranded because you locked your keys in your car will be a thing of the past. Car buyers living in extremely hot or extremely cold climates can now start their GM cars up to run the air conditioning or heating respectively before setting foot inside the vehicle.
splitsecnd has created a small device that plugs into the power port (or cigarette lighter port) of your vehicle. Unlike many devices that could be plugged into that port (cell phone charger, GPS power cord, lighted fuzzy dice) this device actually does an amazing thing: it might save your life in the event of an automotive accident.
Built into the splitsecnd device is a cellular phone connection, a GPS, an accelerometer and a battery. When the system detects that you are about to crash, it will make a call to the splitsecnd command center. A representative will attempt to communicate with you to determine if you are okay, and call 911 to dispatch emergency medical personell [...]
At Mobile World Congress, U.S. wireless carrier AT&T has announced that it is partnering with General Motors to deliver wireless LTE connectivity to cars. The deal would bring 4G wireless connectivity to GM brands like Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac for the 2015 models, which will arrive later in 2014 in the U.S. The deal would help bring GM-owned OnStar service more modern LTE connectivity and will help cars relay information about safety, diagnostics, infotainment, and safety.
The multi-year agreement calls for AT&T to enable millions of GM cars, trucks and crossovers with 4G LTE mobile Internet access, providing the latest wireless technology to power GM’s [...]
At the Consumer Electronics Show slated for January 2012, OnStar is geared up to introduce a system that will bring video chat and streaming content to select vehicles in the General Motors fleet thanks to mobile broadband service from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. The new system will find home in the Chevy Volt.
It’s unclear how embedded the solutions for mobile Internet access for in-vehicle use will be, or if OnStar will be using off-the-shelf solutions in the form of mobile hotspots, such as those from Novatel’s MiFi range or the Samsung Mobile Hotspot unit, which pulls in a 4G LTE Internet connection and broadcasts it over WiFi to nearby [...]
GM announced they will give us a sneak peek at OnStar’s mobile app at Google I/O developer conference that will let you monitor the stats of your gas-electric Chevrolet Volt from your mobile device, telling you when you need a charge, letting you schedule it as needed, and more.