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It’s not self-driving, but it steers us toward an autonomous future

It's not self-driving, but it steers us toward an autonomous future

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A six-person team at OnStar has been monitoring developments in the storm's path

A six-person team at OnStar has been monitoring developments in the storm's path.

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Opinion

It's not that hard to believe future connected cars will be creepy about what data they track.

You drive. It watches.

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Santa Claus is coming to town, according to continental aerospace military partnership.

Happy Alvistide everybody!

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IBM’s Watson teams up with GM’s OnStar.

If you hate ads, this new partnership will be a major pain for GM owners.

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New technology from General Motors and Mobileye could use a whole fleet of customer vehicles to create constantly updating maps of the road.

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GM believes that the vulnerability that allows hacking of its OnStar RemoteLink app is closed. While the company is trying to be proactive with keeping things secure, there's no guarantee against future incidents.

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A "white-hat" hacker has demonstrated a way of taking control of GM vehicles compatible with OnStar's RemoteLink app.

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Having been cut loose from OnStar, Verizon just announced its Verizon Vehicle service, which provides some OnStar-like features for the 200 million cars on US roads that don't have any sort of built-in connectivity.

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General Motors has announced a brace of new features for OnStar, the first of which is a driving assessment program. OnStar takes note of certain driving parameters for 90 days, then provides the driver feedback on their driving, both individually and compared to other drivers in the program.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.