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General Motors is ready to bring the fight to Ford's Sync system with a reworked version of OnStar, but the salient details won't be revealed for another seven days. However, we've gotten word from the General that it's testing two new features: Audio Facebook updates and voice texting.

On the Facebook front, GM is the experimental phase of integrating OnStar with the 800-pound social media gorilla, allowing users to verbally update their Facebook status via audio recordings, with the possibility of utilizing the OnStar Virtual Advisor feature to read off Facebook status updates and news feeds.

Voice texting works in a similar manner, pairing the driver's Bluetooth mobile phone to OnStar and allowing the system to read received SMS messages and reply using a voice command to select four pre-set messages. That's not true voice-to-text functionality, but it's similar to what's being offered by other automakers.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea. At least you won't have people looking down at their phones to text tweet or FB! I'm sure most of you are guilty of talking on the phone or talking with your passenger which is still a distraction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Facebook has been available to the general public for only 4 years. Is GM willing to bet that Facebook is still worth anything when this car is 4 years old? 8 years old?

      Or to put it another way, 4 years ago social networking was MySpace. Wouldn't you love to have a MySpace application built into your car right now?

      Didn't think so.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay oil is coming out now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CP all the way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM should focus on using its resources on building better, more reliable cars and a little less on Facebook and OnStar infotainment distractions. No doubt in my mind they will fall back into making crap marketing exercise cars (Aztec, tents for Aztec, etc.) and badge engineered cars in no time. The more things change, the more things stay the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God help us. Another adult binky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      -> Wow, another way of getting these drivers killed...

      -> Now our speed limit on the freeways will be 40mph sooner or later when this comes along...

      ^ Gosh, I'm begining to hate cars in this generation already!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the idea of the Facebook guerilla...hiding out in the internet jungle, striking quickly and leaving nothing but fear and misery in its wake. On the other hand, Facebook is something of a social networking gorilla.

      Oh, and this is a terrible idea GM. Don't do it. The last thing we need is more distractions for the self absorbed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tigers don't weigh 800lbs and guerillas are humans, not tigers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think it'd be tough to strike quickly if you weigh 800lbs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Weighed any tigers lately?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh dear.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to go to an amusement park to ride the "Dodg'ems". Looks like all I'll have to do is drive to the store.

      What a crck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is exactly what the idiotic general public needs, more driving distractions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't talk on the phone? No problem we give you Facebook and texting right on your dashboard.

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