• May 7, 2010
It sounds like General Motors has big plans for OnStar. While speaking with CNN Money, Chris Preuss, head of the telematics service, said that the company is looking to add a number of functions to make the service more usable by customers. That could include tricks like app integration that would allow owners to check on their vehicle from afar and perform tasks like locking or unlocking the doors and starting the engine, all from their smart phone. GM already has plans for a similar service to be available to Chevrolet Volt owners, and it would appear that it's only a matter of time before the tech makes the jump to the rest of the automaker's products.

Preuss also made mention of the fact that GM has partnered up with a major technology company to help make the services a reality, but wouldn't spill the goods on who exactly who that partner is. With Ford and Microsoft tied to each other by SYNC, we don't exactly see Bill Gates joining up with The General any time soon, and it doesn't quite seem like Apple would be willing to hop into bed with the automaker either. Of course, there are plenty of other high-profile tech companies out there that wouldn't shy away from a healthy automotive contract.

GM also made it clear that it wants to be able to push OnStar past being anchored just to its parent company. Eventually, we may see OnStar featured in other brands or bleed into other customer service outlets.

[Source: CNN Money]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      All these wireless systems make me nervous. Unless there is a dual authentication (client securely authenticating the server then the server authenticating the client, and in that order) any wireless system is vulnerable. See the historical saga of the Internet WEP protocol who finally have been replaced by the WAP2 protocol. I would be scare that anyone could start my car or upload a new version so I would not be able to trace it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GET MY TIN HAT! THESE S.O.B.S WILL KNOW EVERYTHING I DO!!!!!!!! (This comment brought to you by a person who shall remain in his foxhole with his head covered).
      • 4 Years Ago
      A relationship with Apple would be interesting. Maybe some iPad integration in the future?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anybody see the pictures for the story, it is a Droid... hummm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Google/Android would be the most likely. Talent pool size and open standards would be appealing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet its RIM. Theyve been talking about automotive applications and they have a new OS coming out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's HP with Palm
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope. Palm's good as dead, HP or not. Apple's been hiring all kinds of auto industry electrical engineers lately. Gotta be them. Maybe Google, but it's likely Apple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Google with Android makes a lot of sense considering they are great friends with GM's leaders in the WH.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm.... Google?
      That could be epic...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Though it could be MS, it could also be Google. Droid-enabled comm would be nice for those wanting the latest tech doodads in their car, and Google could even help with the parts of the interface where Sync is currently tops. Could actually be a boon for those times you lock yourself out (if you are paying for OnStar, of course).

      Maybe you could GoogleMap yourself in realtime to show position relative to destination. Like 3D-ish GPS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am thinking HP. Here is why....EDS (Electronic Data Systems) has always been partnered with General Motors and I believe EDS runs the Network Operations Center for OnStar. HP bought EDS and HP is a major technology company. So now HP runs the NOC....so why not use the technology power behind HP to help OnStar
      • 4 Years Ago
      "GM also made it clear that it wants to be able to push OnStar past being anchored just to its parent company. Eventually, we may see OnStar featured in other brands or bleed into other customer service outlets."

      Don't mercedes and a few other car companies already use Onstar's services on their cars but just name them something else synonymous with their brands? Could have sworn I read that somewhere.

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