The integration of technology in vehicles is just staggering. A decade
ago, just having power windows, locks and a cassette deck was worth
paying an upgrade fee for. Today, consumers are expecting fancy
automatic transmissions, sensors that tell them if they're going to hit
anything and a navigation system that talks to them. Crazy how
expectations change with the onslaught of technology. But as a whole,
this shift has been very positive. It's making cars smarter and safer,
and in the case of OnStar
, giving people an emergency exit should
something bad happen.
The only thing with OnStar is that it's reserved to one particular
automotive brand: General Motors. If you aren't interested in buying a
GM car, you can't take advantage of OnStar, regardless of what you'd be
willing to pay. That's a situation that GM wants to avoid, and they're
finally doing something about it. Announced this week, the OnStar FMV
(For My Vehicle) is the first solution for integrating OnStar into
It's a third-party mirror install, but there's plenty of wires and such
to connect. In other words, don't expect to buy this from your local
AutoZone and install it in 10 minutes. The mirror will include an
external mic and all of the features that existing OnStar users have
access to: automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, stolen
vehicle location assistance and more. The FMV will go on sale for $299
this summer (excluding installation), which should cost $100 and take
around an hour at an authorized installation center. Service prices are
set at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.
OnStar FMV: Retail Product Gets New Name and Performance Upgrade
Free external microphone provides best-in-class audio quality
DETROIT – OnStar's new retail product will be called OnStar FMV and include an external microphone for best-in-class voice quality comparable to the aftermarket Bluetooth speakerphones and OnStar systems integrated into new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and crossovers.
OnStar FMV, an abbreviation of For My Vehicle, will bring the industry-leading safety, security and convenience of OnStar to 90 million vehicles already on the road when it goes on sale for $299 this summer.
OnStar FMV offers the same core features that have made OnStar the most trusted and popular safety, security and communications service for more than 6 million subscribers.
Automatic Crash Response, triggered by an accelerometer in the OnStar FMV mirror, connects the vehicle to a trained OnStar emergency advisor in the event of a crash. The advisor can provide the exact location of the crash to emergency responders using the mirror's GPS location, even if the vehicle's occupants are unable to respond.
Turn-by-Turn navigation, OnStar's most-popular service, is accessible with a press of OnStar's blue button. The driver asks the advisor for directions for a specific address or location, such as a gas station or restaurant. Directions are downloaded to OnStar FMV, which provides spoken turn-by-turn instructions to the destination.
Security services include Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which also uses OnStar FMV's global positioning satellite location. Roadside assistance is a blue button push away. A red button is for emergency assistance or situations such as witnessing a collision or a crime in progress.
OnStar FMV provides two choices for hands-free calling: through the OnStar service itself, or through a Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone. The external microphone, which tucks neatly into the roofline or above the overhead console, gives the best-possible voice quality – while the driver keeps hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The external microphone replaces an embedded microphone in the original design.
The roster of vehicle makes and models compatible with OnStar FMV continues to grow. OnStar has now validated 90 million vehicles manufactured in the last 10 years as compatible with OnStar FMV – up from 55 million when the product was announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January.
"OnStar FMV meets the same rigorous standards for safety, reliability and performance we've developed in 15 years of producing and perfecting OnStar for GM vehicles," said Greg Ross, vice president of Business Extensions at OnStar. "Drivers of Fords, Toyotas and other vehicles now have the unique 'blue button' OnStar experience that brings together the best of technology with the best of person-to-person customer service."
OnStar is continuing to actively recruit retailers to carry OnStar FMV, which will sell for $299. Installation, which consists of replacing the existing rearview mirror with the OnStar FMV, is expected to take less than an hour and cost less than $100. A range of service plans will be available for OnStar FMV, starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.
For more information on OnStar FMV, visit www.onstar.com.