OnStar Apps For Android And iOS Now Available For 2011 Chevy Owners - HotHardware
OnStar Apps For Android And iOS Now Available For 2011 Chevy Owners

OnStar Apps For Android And iOS Now Available For 2011 Chevy Owners

If you own a 2011 Chevrolet or Cadillac vehicle, and you also own an Android or iOS smart phone, there's a download you should probably seek out. Starting this weekend, owners of 2011 Chevrolet models can access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smart phones, as the myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink applications, available as free downloads, provide drivers with unprecedented connectivity to their vehicles from their Android or Apple iPhone device.


Chevy has been trying to link up with smart phone owners in a big way, and these new applications definitely are steps in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before all automakers are doing something similar, and we're glad to see someone taking the lead. Features of the apps fall into three categories: location-based services, vehicle-specific information, and OnStar connectivity features. The location-based services include a parking reminder that allows drivers to save their parking location to a GPS-enabled map, set a timer to track how much time they have on the parking meter, and even add a note or photo with details about their parking location. If they return to a flat tire, the driver can use the app to request roadside assistance or to locate the closest Chevrolet dealership and schedule a service appointment.


Vehicle-specific information is accessible after scanning the vehicle identification number using the smart-phone camera. These features include searchable content for the most-commonly accessed information in the owner's manual, such as directions saving radio presets. The app also provides explanations of warning lights and indicators on the vehicle instrument panel at the touch of a button. In addition, myChevrolet integrates with the OnStar MyLink app to access exclusive OnStar technologies. Through OnStar's unique connection to the vehicle, owners can send remote vehicle commands such as unlocking or locking the doors, and starting the engine. In addition, owners can access key diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon. The diagnostic information is current as of the last vehicle start, giving OnStar subscribers an up-to-date health report of their vehicle anytime they need it.


Best of all, these apps are free to download now, but you'll need a 2011 model vehicle. Sorry, 2010 owners!
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Quote: "Vehicle-specific information is accessible after scanning the vehicle identification number using the smart-phone camera."

Does this mean that anyone can walk by and scan your car to get information? (shudders)

Can you password protect your car? What if you misplace your phone? Will someone be able to use the phone to find your car and remotely unlock and start it? (bye-bye Caddy)

While I like the technology being touted here, I wonder if it's fully secure.

Quote: "It's only a matter of time before all automakers are doing something similar"

But only GM has a satellite in space and the On-Star Satellite based Service in place. This gives them an edge,............................BUT!! Other Car-makers could try to strike a deal with XM/Sirius Satellite Radio to transmit and receive signal,...............oh crap, I just gave away a great Idea!!

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