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7eCall emergency call system to be mandatory in EU cars by 2018?

It's been in the works for more than seven years, but a deal between the European Parliament and the European Council has agreed upon mandatory implementation of eCall on all cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Europe by March 1, 2018. It works like the SOS feature in OnStar or in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, except it's automatic - eCall automatically dials the Europe-wide 112 emergency services number when an accident happens. Even if occupants can't speak, the system will broadcast a "mini

32How GM's OnStar is building a better Check Engine Light

Cars Will Warn Of Failures Before They Happen

Soon, OnStar will be used to mine your car's systems and compare its findings against vast pools of data in the cloud.

6General Motors names new cyber security chief

General Motors made a splash earlier this month when it announced it would add wireless hotspots to many vehicles in its 2015 lineup and introduce more advanced technology going forward.

6Car Companies Are Collecting Drivers' Location Data

Privacy advocates fear how such information may be used, new report says

Automakers are obtaining location data through real-time navigation functions and other on-board location services and storing it for varying lengths of time. They need to provide motorists with more information on how and why they're collecting and sharing data, according to a report released Monday.

23Chevy announces broad deployment of 4G LTE with OnStar [w/videos]

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is rapidly becoming a major stage on which automakers show off their latest and greatest goodies designed to make the lives of drivers easier and more colorful. For Chevrolet, that means it is unveiling a bunch of new smartphone-like technologies for its cars.

AddIn Detail: OnStar

When OnStar first launched in the mid-1990s, cell phones were few and far between. Now, nearly everyone has a GPS-enabled smartphone that can deliver directions, serve as a lifeline in an emergency, and even allow you to control some functions of your car with apps like Chevy MyLink or MyFord Mobile.

8VW launches Car-Net telematics system with brace of safety features

Starting with select 2014 models, Volkswagen will offer an in-car assistance system called Car-Net, which comes with safety features such as location-based roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, remote vehicle unlock, destination assistance and more. The system is very similar to General Motors' OnStar, but VW is quick to point out that a subscription to Car-Net gives the owner access to all of its features. OnStar requires that subscribers pay extra for its navigation function.

11OnStar RemoteLink mobile app coming standard on all new GM vehicles

As an evolution and improvement of its OnStar technology, General Motors has announced that it will be expanding the RemoteLink Mobile App on most 2014 model year Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. The new, aptly named RemoteLink Key Fob Services will allow users to remotely operate all of the same systems as the car's key fob, including locking and unlocking the doors and remote starting (on vehicles equipped with a factory remote starter) using a smartphone.

4OnStar Offering Some Remote Services For Free

Customers buying a 2014 GM vehicle will get five free years

OnStar pioneered the connected car, offering emergency services and navigation functions to drivers.

25Chevy announces Spark, Sonic will be first to integrate Apple's Siri, debuts next-gen MyLink [w/videos]

Get ready for Siri in your car. Early in 2013, Chevrolet will be the first automaker to roll out Apple's Eyes Free technology, showing up initially in the Spark (in 1LT and 2LT trims) and Sonic (in LTZ and RS versions). Both models also come with six months of OnStar service included for free, which also includes a smartphone app – available for Android, iOS or Blackberry.

4OnStar EcoHub app tracks price of electricity used to charge Chevy Volt

The climbing price placards being hung at the neighborhood gas station aren't making too many people happy. Now, drivers of some Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles are getting their own version of those signs, and it's likely they're actually happy about it, by comparison.

16Autoblog Giveaway: Win an OnStar FMV with 2-year subscription

Enter Sweepstakes We're back with another giveaway, this time courtesy of OnStar. The General Motors subsidiary that single handedly created this new industry of bundled safety, security and communications technologies with its integrated OnStar system is now offering that suite of services to every car owner, not just GM customers.

9OnStar bug forces GM to halt deliveries on 60,000 vehicles

General Motors stopped the sale of certain 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and Volt models as well as 2013 Buick Verano units, GMC Terrain crossovers and 2012 Cadillac SRX, XTS and ATS vehicles due to a problem with the onboard OnStar crash notification system. According to Automtotive News, the affected units would not notify emergency responders of an accident in any collision that did not actuate the vehicle's airbags. That could include rear-end impacts. GM says the software glitch won't take

AddOnStar RemoteLink Puts Control Of Your Vehicle Into Your Smartphone

App allows control over multiple functions of the car

For those who like OnStar and GM vehicles, the company has put more control over the car and its features into your own hand and smartphone than ever before via a product called OnStar Remotelink.

35Austin homeowners work with GM, OnStar on Volt-testing project

With the slogan "Keep Austin Weird," the Texas capital has long prided itself on thinking a little different than the rest of the state, let alone the country.

18OnStar vehicles now ready for car-sharing through RelayRides

Nothing like a little rental income to help make the monthly payment on the Caddy, huh?

4OnStar vehicles now ready for car-sharing through RelayRides

Nothing like a little rental income to help make the monthly payment on the Caddy, huh?

43How Ford's Sync could lower your insurance

How far are you willing to go to save a few bucks on your auto insurance? Because State Farm will gladly shave five percent from your premium if you're willing to permit the insurance company to log into your Sync-equipped vehicle to view the Vehicle Health Report. According to Motor Trend, the actuaries just want to look at your mileage, and if you can keep it in the triple digits each month, you'll be eligible for further savings.

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