• Mar 30, 2009
General Motors' OnStar in-car communications system can give you directions or help you make a phone call, and soon it may also be able to send and receive Tweets. Gear Live recently received a survey from the General announcing that Twitter functionality could soon be on the way.
With a press of a vehicle's OnStar button, users will reportedly be able to send voice-activated Tweets of up to 140 characters to everyone in their Twitter network. The text would automatically be added to the owner's Twitter account via the "What are you doing?" section at the top of the page. The system would also read aloud messages that are sent to the OnStar user.

Adding Twitter functionality would be a boon for fans of the social networking site, while also giving users less of an incentive to take their eyes off the road to check for messages on their smart phone, although the jury's still out on whether this can be done safely. From where we sit, this innovation would make even more sense applied to all text messages (not unlike Ford's Sync), which has somehow become a preferred means of communications for everyone on the planet under the age of 30. Thanks for the tip, Jonathan!

[Source: Tech Crunch]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm so tired of hearing about Twitter! Does anybody really care THAT much?
        • 5 Years Ago
        heck, I have NO life, and I still have no use for twitter.

        NOBODY is that interesting. And if they think they ARE, then that is another reason why they actually are even less interesting!

        I just comment here about specific things, which is probably more than enough. :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea BoxerFanatic I'm with you...I have no life either lol. Granted, I'm on Facebook a lot. But still, I wouldn't need/want a voice activated status update system in my car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *ugh*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that is innovation. This would save GM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Won't save onStar, but it would give some people a reason to like it again. I still think OnStar needs a revamp. Onstar should be like Sync- but still with the crash notification, theft detection, auto door unlock and auto engine shutoff. Those 5 things coupled with wireless Bluetooth from your phone (no seperate number, and no paying for minutes- or even paying anything monthly for that matter.), and maybe even a few fun features like this Twitter thing, and Onstar could be what us kids are calling the s**t.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you are joking. This is pure $chyt
      • 5 Years Ago
      these days tweeter seems to be hyped like it's second coming of Christ, solution to end all problems. Does anyone else thinks that after inventions and popularizations of Facebook, MySpace, Tweeter etc... western cultures have become more asocial, than social. to me, facebook and tweeter are like slipping a piece of paper beneath neighbor's instead of going over to his place and having a real eye-to-eye conversation...

        • 5 Years Ago
        "[Ding ding ding] Tell him what he's won, Johnny!!"

        Bravo, Milos. Hit the nail on the head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never got it and I work in the field. I really don't give a crap what your doing right now and really don't feel like sharing what I am doing with the world. We don't need the internet in the car, nor anything that comes with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "i have smashed into a tree and my airbags have deployed. "
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this is true, Scotty Monty is going to leave Ford to join GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will be popular in the Bay Area, provided they van get OnStar on a Prius...

      If this DOES come out, I wouldn't be surprised if Ford updated Sync with a verbal Facebook status update feature. Afterall, Microsoft has a stake in FB, as well as Sync...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I use Twitter, and I think this is just a step too far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This week's sign of the apocalypse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe this morning's sign.

        They are coming by the hour and the day, much faster than by the week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I assume you mean 140 characters... not bytes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed.

        character != byte
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dumb, dumb, dumb. People don't need Twitter that much, what a waste. Oh wow, a ton of people 'tweeting' against the slow Corolla in front of them, revolutionary!

      OnStar should start wondering how it can justify charging about $200 a year for most of things that Sync does for free (except for maybe that information line portion, but hey, usually free411 will get the job done)
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