• Mar 18th 2011 at 9:30AM
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Onstar is ready to to bring its helpful technology to the masses. It's no longer required that you own a General Motors vehicle to take advantage of the Onstar services. Starting this summer, you will be able to head into your local Best Buy, hand over $299, and walk out with the OnStar FMV.

Once you fork over the initial $299, you'll also pay about $100 to have it installed. After that, you will need to pick a subscription plan, which starts at $18.95 per month or up to $199 for a full year on uninterrupted OnStar FMV service.

Those three letters mean For My Vehicle, and OnStar is bringing all its popular services to your rear-view mirror. Hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, stolen vehicle location assistance and even the Automatic Crash Response system.

onstar fmv boxThat last one is achieved thanks to a built-in accelerometer and internal GPS. When activated, the system will send emergency crews to your location even if you're unable to respond to an OnStar operator. It's also good for seeing just how hard your vehicle pulls away from the line.

OnStar has already found its way into 90 million vehicles, and now an entirely new customer base will have access to that little blue button. Our advice to push that number far higher? Sell them at Wal-Mart. Feel free to read the full press release after the break.

[Source: General Motors]
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OnStar FMV: Retail Product Gets New Name and Performance Upgrade
Free external microphone provides best-in-class audio quality

DETROIT – OnStar's new retail product will be called OnStar FMV and include an external microphone for best-in-class voice quality comparable to the aftermarket Bluetooth speakerphones and OnStar systems integrated into new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and crossovers.

OnStar FMV, an abbreviation of For My Vehicle, will bring the industry-leading safety, security and convenience of OnStar to 90 million vehicles already on the road when it goes on sale for $299 this summer.

OnStar FMV offers the same core features that have made OnStar the most trusted and popular safety, security and communications service for more than 6 million subscribers.

Automatic Crash Response, triggered by an accelerometer in the OnStar FMV mirror, connects the vehicle to a trained OnStar emergency advisor in the event of a crash. The advisor can provide the exact location of the crash to emergency responders using the mirror's GPS location, even if the vehicle's occupants are unable to respond.

Turn-by-Turn navigation, OnStar's most-popular service, is accessible with a press of OnStar's blue button. The driver asks the advisor for directions for a specific address or location, such as a gas station or restaurant. Directions are downloaded to OnStar FMV, which provides spoken turn-by-turn instructions to the destination.

Security services include Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which also uses OnStar FMV's global positioning satellite location. Roadside assistance is a blue button push away. A red button is for emergency assistance or situations such as witnessing a collision or a crime in progress.

OnStar FMV provides two choices for hands-free calling: through the OnStar service itself, or through a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone. The external microphone, which tucks neatly into the roofline or above the overhead console, gives the best-possible voice quality – while the driver keeps hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The external microphone replaces an embedded microphone in the original design.

The roster of vehicle makes and models compatible with OnStar FMV continues to grow. OnStar has now validated 90 million vehicles manufactured in the last 10 years as compatible with OnStar FMV – up from 55 million when the product was announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January.

"OnStar FMV meets the same rigorous standards for safety, reliability and performance we've developed in 15 years of producing and perfecting OnStar for GM vehicles," said Greg Ross, vice president of Business Extensions at OnStar. "Drivers of Fords, Toyotas and other vehicles now have the unique 'blue button' OnStar experience that brings together the best of technology with the best of person-to-person customer service."

OnStar is continuing to actively recruit retailers to carry OnStar FMV, which will sell for $299. Installation, which consists of replacing the existing rearview mirror with the OnStar FMV, is expected to take less than an hour and cost less than $100. A range of service plans will be available for OnStar FMV, starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.

For more information on OnStar FMV, visit www.onstar.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks,
      I'll keep my iPhone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's compare.
        Onstar hangs on your front window, and has a pretty blue button.

        iPhone goes with me everywhere, has nice video, maps, web browser...and the data plan is $15 a month.

        So iphone is cheaper, and I can use it in ANY car, my house, my office, on vacation...vs. a more expensive blue button to go on my one car's rear view mirror.

        hum, which to choose, which to choose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And get raped by data plan prices? I don't see the difference
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are not going to get far with $15/month data plan... 200MB can be eaten up within a few minutes of YouTube videos or a few hours of Pandora streaming. Not everyone has a smartphone, nor do they want to get a dash holder in order to display directions without hold the phone in one hand and attempting to drive a car at the same time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I have an iPhone as well which is great. The advantage of the OnStar version is "Auto Crash Response" that calls if you are unable to. I'm pretty sure there is not "An App for that!". Also, there is theft recovery which again, no app. It is not for everyone, but if I could get it installed in my 69' Camaro it would be worth it to me for the Bluetooth and the theft recovery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WELL, actually Apple also provides a theft recovery. You can locate your stolen iPhone from MobleMe. So if your phone or GPS apple product was in your stolen car, you could perhaps locate the car and Apple device.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dude. $300 for the unit, $100 for installation, $200 for subscription? By my math, that's a rip!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, I forgot to mention that India for their operators, and China for making onstars new FMV Mirror. They will also profit from this. Sorry so negative. I lost my job with an automotive manufactuer after 30 years, because of out sorcing for cheap labor and parts for profit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $400 + $19 a month for that? They are dreaming if they think this will be a big seller.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $228 a year if on the monthly plan and $199 if you pay by year?

      I'm thinking FMV really stands for F$#% My Visa.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For many parents who worry about their teens driving back and forth from school or attending college out of town this is pocket change.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody else think they missed out on a great opportunity by not partnering wtih AAA on this? I wouldn't touch it (literally and figuratively) as it stands, but if it was an available add on to AAA at a reasonable price, I'd definitely consider it. They could integrate and streamline their services into something very valuable. Yes, you can piecemeal everything on your own, but I think having it all in one package would hold value to people that don't want to fidget with two or three devices as they are driving down the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have one GM car, I've never used the little blue button except to test it. As with most I let the service lapse once the free period was up as I don't see the value for the money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it bigger, I can still see out the windshield.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here goes another company that had a good thing, and now decides to expand. You know what happens now? The next time you hear the operator from onstar, He or She might have an accent that sounds like threir from India! So much for the good thing for us. Not the execs though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, if you're going to presume to charge that kind of money, at least make it not look like it came from the 80s?
      • 4 Years Ago
      OnStar FMV???? Really. Did anybody notice that this might be trying to get the attention of Ford. F M V Ford Motor Vehicles. I chuckled as soon as I read it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there more to it than just the mirror? If not then you can save $100 by just having a screwdriver handy and 30 seconds of your time.
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