General Motors is bringing OnStar to smartphones with apps that will let drivers do things like lock their doors, turn on their A/C or even start their cars from miles away.
And why would you want to do that?
Well, imagine you’re about to catch a flight and can’t remember whether you locked the door of your Cadillac CTS-V coupe. Fire up the app, enter a PIN and voila — the car’s secure. Leaving the ballpark on a hot day and don’t want the seats in your Buick LaCrosse to sear your thighs? Start your car from the stands and have it icy cold by the time you get there.
Yes, GM actually offered those as two examples.
In addition, the apps provide diagnostic info like fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure and lifetime average miles per gallon. GM says the technology can provide OnStar subscribers with an “up-to-date health report” on their vehicle. That undoubtedly will be helpful to anyone who can’t be bothered to read a dipstick or use a tire pressure gauge.
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