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We're not going out on a limb by saying that the future of in-car technology is connecting all our electronic detritus into a cohesive network. Ford's Sync system has already made that possible on many fronts and GM's OnStar has set a new standard for safety, navigation and communication. Atlanta-based Hughes Telematics is announcing a new system that will fuse both of those systems into a comprehensive whole and selling a subscription service akin to OnStar's arrangement.
The Hughes setup will integrate turn-by-turn navigation, voice commands for phones and iPods, plus provide emergency and roadside assistance. Additionally, it will allow users to purchase certain features – from directions to songs from Sirius – on an ala carte basis, neglecting the need to spend extra cash each month for products you rarely use. The system will also integrate with the vehicle's ECU to allow diagnosis and problem solving that could avoid a trip to the dealer.

Hughes will be releasing all the information about the new system, including the details on it partnership with Chrysler (announced earlier this year) and a major luxury brand, later this week.

[Source: Freep]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      @osnofla

      A Renault Scenic
        • 7 Years Ago
        And they say Chrylser interiors look bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what car is that in the pic?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good thing I'm over 60. I can,(and have) tucked away enough cars to make it the rest of my life without having Big Brother know exactly where I am, how fast I'm going, or if I have any tendency to visit an establishment for a couple of beers some night. This, and being able to listen to any conversation in your car at any time. What great stuff!! No thanks. I made it this far without somebody on my shoulder, and I can go a little farther thank you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tin foil hat much?
      • 7 Years Ago
      FANTASTIC!
      I think GM's OnStar is a great feature for their cars. I have been wanting it myself for some time. Now Chrysler will have that type feature. Good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ironically (or not), GM used to own Hughes.

      I have OnStar but don't really need it. It's a bit pricey once that free first year expires...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry buddy, but my dad worked for Hughes Aircraft for 30 years and without a doubt, Hughes Aircraft was owned by GM. They purchased it whole in 1985 for $5.7 billion and subsequently sold off divisions to other Aerospace contractors such as Raytheon and Boeing.

        Also, I just purchased my third vehicle under the GM Employee discount program because my father is a Hughes retiree.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uhhh - no they didn't. Your facts are wrong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good, but they should be spending their money on making their interiors instead of more toys. I like how inovative Chrysler can be, but this seems like something they should worry about later.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They said in the meeting last week that interiors is the NUMBER ONE priority over all. IS that good enough for you?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If they come through, and get something that at least MATCHES GM, then yes it will be.

        I am a BIG fan of Chrysler Products. I wish them nothing but the best. But Caliber was a real low, especially since that material wise it was worse than a 1st gen Neon.

        The big cars (Mag/300/Charger) are nice, but just boring. Materials is OK but not great.
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