OnStar RemoteLink

If you're riding around in an OnStar equipped vehicle like the Chevy Malibu we checked out not too long ago, then you'll be happy to hear the latest news from OnStar. They've just announced some forthcoming enhancements to their RemoteLink application that will help you get to where you need to go more efficiently. (This is what we saw an early preview of way back at Google IO 2010.) On Aug. 30 -- when the application update goes live -- it will include the ability to search for destinations on your device and send them to your vehicle, providing audible turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

“Our customer focus is simple connectivity and a seamless user experience,” said Steve Schwinke, OnStar director Advanced System Design. “RemoteLink’s navigation enhancement offers our customers another choice in how they get directions, whether they’re in their car, on their computer, or using their compatible smartphone.”

Users can type in a destination, select an address from their contact list or speak the destination using voice search. Up to five destinations can be stored, and reused from your device so that you'll always have the most important ones available. If you have an OnStar-equipped vehicle, and don't already have the RemoteLink app -- you'll find it past the break.

OnStar Helps Your Phone Tell Your Car Where to Go
New navigation feature enables sending of driving directions from smart phone to vehicle

DETROIT – OnStar is announcing a navigation enhancement to its RemoteLink mobile app that allows a subscriber the ability to search for a destination on his smartphone and send it directly to his vehicle where the route can be accessed audibly through OnStar Turn-by-Turn or via an in-dash navigation system.

Available for all current OnStar RemoteLink-enabled vehicles, users can type in a destination, select an address from their contact list or speak the destination using a voice search feature. The enhancement will also allow users to store the last five destinations sent to their vehicle.

Once a destination has been selected, the user can send the route directly to his or her vehicle. The route will be available and activated once the vehicle is started.

“Our customer focus is simple connectivity and a seamless user experience,” said Steve Schwinke, OnStar director Advanced System Design. “RemoteLink’s navigation enhancement offers our customers another choice in how they get directions, whether they’re in their car, on their computer, or using their compatible smartphone.”

The RemoteLink navigation enhancement will be available in the Android and iPhone marketplace on Aug. 30. Current users of the app will receive an update notification on their Smartphone. New users who download the application will receive the updated version.

“We know that 95 percent of smartphone users have looked for local information using their phone and 88 percent of them act on the information they find,” said Schwinke. “Whether they need to call or visit a local business, RemoteLink navigation offers a simple and easy solution.”

OnStar and Chevrolet announced the auto industry’s first mobile app for the Chevrolet Volt at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Since then, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have used OnStar technology to launch mobile apps for many 2010 and most 2011 vehicles with 2012 model year vehicles to follow.

RemoteLink leverages OnStar’s unique connection to the vehicle, providing drivers with up-to-date vehicle information such as oil level, tire pressure, fuel level and lifetime miles per gallon. The app has been downloaded more than 450,000 times in North America and has accumulated more than 4.5 million service interactions.

About OnStar


OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology. Available on more than 40 MY 2011 GM models. OnStar is now also available for installation on most other vehicles already on the road through a new retail product called OnStar FMV. OnStar FMV has been awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The OnStar Mobile App is a recipient of the 2011 Edison Award for Best New Product in the Remote Driving Aids segment. OnStar safely connects its more than six million customers, in the U.S., Canada and China, in ways never thought possible. More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.

 
There are 13 comments

icebike says:

On first reading the title I thought it would be nice to send directions to my car to go out and bring me back a pizza and beer.

But driving directions is not big of a deal when they are already right there on the phone. Why get On Star involved?

El Jefe says:

David Hasselhoff's car could go get him pizza & beer in 1982, why can't ours today? :-)

But seriously, I get what you are saying. OnStar offers turn by turn navigation already. What is this feature really adding that someone who has an Android phone or OnStar not already have?

Pimp Lucious says:

You ever experience the pain it is to put an address into OnStar, or find the place you want to visit? It's not that pleasant, and done much easier on a smartphone, but the navigation experience is much better via OnStar. This combines the best of both worlds.

HackNet says:

nice.

moosc says:

Can I keep the lower plan or will I have to pay 30$ a month?

moosc says:

Just asked onstar its 28.90$ a month for this service.

koolbon says:

What am I missing? What's the benefit of using Onstar service for this when you have Google map/navigation on your smartphone already and it's FREE?!?

moosc says:

For one google maps isn't the most accurate. Two this way cool

montgoss says:

For those that don't understand the point of the app:
Some of us got OnStar for free with our vehicle.
Some of us got a vehicle that has a Nav system with a big screen mounted in the dash.
Some of us figure we might as well use the in-dash Nav instead of draining the battery on our phone.

But typing an address into that Nav system is painfully slow. My current solution is to lookup an address on a computer using Google Maps and then I can "send to" my car. This update basically adds that feature to the Android app. I just commented the other day that this was the only thing missing from the OnStar app. I'm very happy.

briankurtz79 says:

i dont care about any of this until they make onstar app available to more than just the 2011 models. kind of excludes a shit ton of people (including myself) i know i cant check my tire or oil pressure on my '03 trailblazer nor do i care. I would however like to be able to unlock the doors remotely when its 1 oclock on a sunday in the fall and the games about to start and my girlfriend used the truck to go shopping downtown and locked the keys in it!!!

Oh and remote start would be nice too...

moosc says:

2010 models have this feature. Its the software. I mean look like this you have a original nexus but the nexus prime is released and say dam why can't I get those features on my nexus1. Time to upgrade.

briankurtz79 says:

A car isnt a phone. You can put anything in a car. I saw a dukes of hazzard style charger shell fitted and fabbed over the chassis and motor/interior of a brand new charger. Point is that hardware is replaceable in cars. They can remote unlock my doors from a phone call but i cant have an app for that? I'm not buying it. Literally

kotoku says:

The fact that I have OnStar but I have to pay a metric ton to use the phone or nav features that could all come from a simple link to my phone agitates me to no end.