Jul 23rd, 2010 by Ross Edwards
GM has announced an app that will allow car owners to control features usually found on the key fob remotely using a smart phone. Controls like the horn, lights, door lock and unlock can be accessed from anywhere using an app for the iPhone or Android operating system. Most 2011 GM cars and trucks will be able to interact with the app, according to Autoweek. GM hasn’t announced which models will be excluded.
The OnStar app will also allow users to select destinations on Google Maps and send them to the car’s GPS system for turn-by-turn directions. If you’ve ever tried to navigate using the GPS on a tiny smart phone screen, you know how handy that feature will be.
GM’s OnStar smart phone app will also inform users of their vehicle’s fuel levels and tire pressure, recommend oil changes and track average miles per gallon.
The new OnStar app could also get you a second date. Here’s how. Say you’re on a first date, and you take your date to the closest city for a reasonably priced, relaxed atmosphere meal. It wouldn’t be anything five-star with a valet because you don’t want to spend that much on a first date anyway. What if she talks with her mouth full or laughs like a bull walrus defending his territory? You’re obviously excited and nervous about your big date, so when you’re on your second beer and calming down a bit, the thought crosses your mind “did I lock the car?”
Reasonably priced restaurants in cities don’t have their own parking, so your car is several blocks away in an unlit lot. Instead of panicking and running to go double check the locks, you open up the OnStar app and lock it. Tell your date you’re helping your mom with computer problems and there you have it, instead of a neurotic mess who bolts out of a restaurant before dessert to double check that his car’s locked, you’re a sweet, helpful son. A sweet helpful son who just scored himself a second date, unless you talk with your mouth full or laugh like a walrus.
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