Best buy Tacoma: Want OnStar? Sure, why not the firm fields over three million calls a month from six million mainly from satisfied customers.
But, until today, that blue button has only been in a position to be pressed by people who have General Motors automobiles.
Now it is spreading out to just about anybody, 99 percent of cars will have the ability to be encouraged from the new OnStar mirror, which the business is only calling its “retail item.”
For $299 (and setup ) you receive a replacement mirror which will wirelessly connect one to the OnStar service.
It also has Bluetooth so that it may connect to your smartphone, but we’re guessing many cars will not be able to get their doors unlocked remotely, what’s undoubtedly OnStar’s killer app.
Quite naturally you will need to cover to use it, service fees currently going at $18.95 per month or $199 annually.
Best Buy is going to be the exclusive spouse, which is perhaps bad news if you have read the horror stories about what occasionally happens in those yellow and blue stereo set up bays.
OnStar showed off its capability with mirrors installed in a variety of vehicles, ranging from a Camry to some Grand Marquis — hot cars they’re not but a pretty useful demonstration of the range of applicability here.
GM also took this chance to flaunt the latest revision of its two-wheeled EN-V, which we are going to be entertaining for a spin a little later this week.
All that fun is recorded in the galleries below.
OnStar retail product
What: The industry leading safety, security and connectivity services of OnStar can now be added to vehicles already on the road through a standalone rearview mirror that is compatible with most top-selling vehicles from major manufacturers and packs all of OnStar’s core technology.
When: The OnStar retail product will be available in the U.S. in spring 2011 for $299, plus installation (expected to cost between $75 and $100), through Best Buy and other selected consumer electronics retailers. A range of service plans will be available, starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.
Dimensions: 10.0 inches wide by 3.4 inches high by 1.85 inches deep (not including mount);
weighs 23 ounces
Compatibility: Currently in the OnStar mirror is certified to work on 99 percent of the 20 best- selling non-GM vehicles over the last ten years or approximately 55 million cars & light trucks.
OnStar expects to certify additional models in the months ahead. Those top 20 vehicles are:
Ford/Lincoln F-Series/Mark LT
Dodge Ram Pickup
Ford/Mazda Ranger/Mazda Pickup
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ford / Lincoln Expedition/ Navigator
Ford/Mercury Crown Vic/Grand Marquis
Source: Research by General Motors Engineering, based on sales volume data from Ward’s Automotive Group. The final list of compatible vehicles will be released at the retail availability of the OnStar product.