This is the best car news we’ve heard in a long time.
OnStar has announced that it is finally making itself available for non-GM and older GM vehicles. A standalone rearview mirror packing all of OnStar’s technology will be available this spring and is compatible with most top-selling vehicles from major manufacturers.
“For years, thousands of drivers have asked us to get OnStar in vehicles that didn’t feature it as standard,” said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. “With the retail product that we’ve introduced today they certainly can. This move in to the consumer electronics space represents the biggest development in our business model since introducing OnStar as standard across all GM products several years ago. It represents a quantum leap forward in our plans to grow our business and provide a strong new revenue base for GM and OnStar from which we can further develop our core offerings in the factory-equipped market.”
In the spring, OnStar will offer their magic mirror through Best Buy for just $299, plus installation (between $75 and $100). Monthly service plans start at $18.95.
For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the wonder that is OnStar, here’s just a bit of what you can expect:
· Hands-Free Calling
· Link to Emergency Services
· Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance
· Turn-by-Turn Navigation
· Roadside Assistance
· Automatic Crash Response
Whether you buy it to keep your parents safe in that old hooptie they won’t give up, or to help you find your way around new areas, or both, OnStar is a device you definitely want to have. And once you’ve tried it, you really can’t do without it. Trust us.