OnStar Expands Mobile App Availability

OnStar will be offering smartphone control over some basic vehicle functionality to a broader range of 2011 model year vehicles including most of the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models.

Functionality will include key fob functionality (door locks, remote start) as well as the standard OnStar Remote Vehicle Diagnostics etc.

It does feel like this type of thing is becoming standard fare and there is nothing wrong with that (this is really just an extension of the web based application and sure didn’t take to much effort to port to smartphones).  Once again, these types of apps are usually win-win for the customer and OEM… The cost of delivering remote door unlock through a smartphone is infinitely less than having to use a call center and, as an end user, I think it’s a whole lot easier to click an on-screen than to talk to someone.

Each brand is expected to release information as they release their apps tailored for their particular customer demographic.

“We’re working aggressively to bring the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC applications to market as soon as possible,” says Joel Ewanick, vice president, GM Marketing. “Because we know that each brand’s customers have different tastes, wants and needs, the apps will be very specifically tailored to offer them the services they value most, leveraging these innovative OnStar features as a compelling mutual foundation.”

For now we’ve already covered the OnStar Mobile App for the Chevy Volt and it sounds like these new apps wont be much different.
Checkout the Video below…

via [GM]

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