OnStar, the wholly-owned subsidiary of automaker General Motors, has announced that it grew to nearly four million subscribers in 2005, a thirty percent increase from 2004. And with surveys showing over seventy-five percent of current subscribers would want the service in their next vehicle and nearly ninety percent would recommend it to others, the company is looking forward to 2006.

"The growth of OnStar is due in large part to our ability to bring to market relevant technologies that meet customers' evolving needs," said Chet Huber, OnStar president. "We've established a strong technology foundation, which serve as the building blocks for future offerings. What began with core safety features such as roadside assistance, emergency services and route support, continues to expand with new offerings and features like Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN), hands-free calling, and OnStar vehicle diagnostics.”

OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics (OVD), which the company rolled out in September, performs routine electronic checkups on the vehicle and sends a monthly report to the owner.

GM plans to have OnStar installed on all its vehicles by the end of 2007.

[Source: OnStar/GM]

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