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GM's New Standalone OnStar Mirror Works on Most Cars - 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

Source: AutoTrader.com
January 6, 2011

General Motors made several announcements regarding OnStar at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Probably the most significant is that owners of non-GM vehicles can now opt to have OnStar installed in their car without ever visiting a GM dealership. Sold initially through Best Buy stores, the OnStar mirror will cost $299 plus installation and a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

This isn’t the first marriage of OnStar and non-GM vehicles, brands such as Acura, Lexus, Subaru and VW were offered with OnStar a few years back. Today, many automakers have developed their own systems.

The new standalone OnStar rearview mirror will include many key OnStar features such as automatic crash notification, push button emergency services link, turn by turn navigation, roadside assistance, hands free calling, and stolen vehicle recovery. Hands free calling is done via Bluetooth connection to a user’s mobile phone or through packages of pre-paid calling minutes. Services like vehicle disabling or remote diagnosis and remote door unlocking are not included since the OnStar mirror is not tied into any of the vehicle’s electronic or mechanical systems.

 OnStar says installation should cost about $75 and subscription fees will be about $19 per month or $199 for a whole year. The entire installation should take about one hour, the mirror and a power source to the mirror is all that’s required. The mirror has an internal GPS transmitter and receiver so no other equipment installation is necessary.

The OnStar mirror is set to work on most cars but not all. Company reps say the OnStar mirror will work on “99 percent of the top 20 selling non-GM vehicles over the last 10 years, or approximately 55 million cars and trucks.” Popular vehicles featured in the photo above include select model years of the Toyota Camry, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Honda Accord, Lincoln Town Car and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Additional vehicles will be announced in the coming months. The OnStar mirror will be available as soon as spring of 2011.

BRIAN MOODY has been an automotive writer and presenter for more than 10 years. He has contributed to such media outlets as CNBC, Fox Business, the Today Show, Speed TV, Edmunds.com and KTLA in Los Angeles. He currently covers the automotive industry and reviews new cars for the nationally syndicated Car Concerns radio show.

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GM's New Standalone OnStar Mirror Works on Most Cars - 2011 Consumer Electronics Show - Autotrader