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Old 10-21-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Telematics systems can give unique benefits and insights to plug-in cars. In building a fleet of prototype Chevrolet Volts, General Motors has tapped into its OnStar system to monitor batteries, driving data, and charge cycles, as well as update software on the fly. The company has also been studying how drivers use their conventional cars equipped with OnStar in the hopes of gaining insights into their driving and refueling habits.

So far, they have made some interesting findings: Looking at ordinary cars in the markets where GM plans to sell the car, OnStar determined that if Chevrolet Volts were used in those same driving cycles, 35 percent of them could run all day in electric mode. Others would have to use gasoline some of the time. (The Volt is advertised to have batteries big enough to drive the car 40 miles without the engine starting.)

This differs from Census Bureau numbers that show 78 percent of Americans drive 40 miles a day or less. The government numbers, however, come from a 2002 survey of household travel, and it wasn’t focused on GM drivers.

A key lesson here is the importance of adding so-called opportunity charging stations at workers’ office buildings to raise the number of Volts able to drive all day on electric power.

Once plug-in vehicles roll out to consumers, OnStar could help for example by providing a remote communication link to the car to tell it when to recharge or avoid recharging at peak energy loads, for example, or remotely turn on the heat or air conditioning to make the interior comfortable using grid power, rather than the on-board battery or engine.

This week at The Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit, we had a chance to tour GM’s OnStar Command Center, a high-tech space with monitors along one wall showing nationwide reports of car lockout reports, people asking for directions, and cars in accidents.

In another OnStar development last week, for the first time, police disabled a vehicle that had been carjacked in California. The service has been available for about a year in certain 2009 GM vehicles equipped with OnStar. In this case, the driver called OnStar, in addition to the police, after his car was stolen by a man with a shotgun.

After verifying the situation and coordinating with police, who were following the car and verified the situation was safe, OnStar disabled the throttle so the engine returned to idle. The car was recovered 16 minutes after it was stolen.

Getting the most from electrified powertrains requires smart electronics management, and telematics may play a key role in helping drivers and even communities manage their power.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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Onstar is one of the best things going for GM, but it has been slow to evolve with the needs of people, now it seems to be catching up so that is great
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:27 PM   #3
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Maybe I need to make my own tin foil hat but I'm not comfortable with them tracking my driving habits. Do the people they track sign a waiver or is there no choice at all? I guess I don't have to worry about it, I wont own a GM vehicle.
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Maybe I need to make my own tin foil hat but I'm not comfortable with them tracking my driving habits. Do the people they track sign a waiver or is there no choice at all? I guess I don't have to worry about it, I wont own a GM vehicle.
It clearly states in the beginning that they were tracking their fleet of PROTOTYPE volts.
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Edit: I guess I wouldn't say uncomfortable as much as pissed off they were secretly stealing information about what I do for their own profit.

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General Motors is making an Internet router available as a dealer-installed option on select vehicles throughout its Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet lineup.The device, from Autonet Mobile, of San Francisco, creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that extends 150 feet within and around the vehicle, allowing occupants to use portable devices to tap into the Web.

Initially, the Internet access will be available only in GM's vans, SUVs, crossovers and trucks -- vehicles most likely to be used by families.

The idea is that rear-seat passengers can use laptop computers, game players and other portable devices while people in the front seat can use the connection to stream Internet radio stations into the vehicle.

“Ninety percent of customers prefer surfing the Internet over just watching movies,” Sterling Pratz, CEO of Autonet Mobile, said in a statement. “Customers want the biggest brands the Internet has to offer in their car, such as Facebook, YouTube and FlyCast Internet radio.”
The mobile device also is intended to help small businesses stay connected.

Dealers will begin offering the router this month. It is also sold on a GM accessories site, www.gmextras.com. The retail price is $499. Internet access runs about $29 a month.
The Autonet device comes with a docking station, meaning it can be moved from one GM vehicle to another.

Autonet also supplies Internet routers for Chrysler, through its Mopar accessories unit, and Volkswagen
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Edit: I guess I wouldn't say uncomfortable as much as pissed off they were secretly stealing information about what I do for their own profit.
Well what they do supposedly is delete the end and begining of trips to keep user privacy. That said you have pretty much no privacy as it is.

If you have a cell phone you are tracked already. Google tracks you on the web. All of this is for profit.
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Well what they do supposedly is delete the end and begining of trips to keep user privacy. That said you have pretty much no privacy as it is.

If you have a cell phone you are tracked already. Google tracks you on the web. All of this is for profit.
Yeah I guess you're right but it's still BS as far as im concerned. Also that hotspot above, internet access through GM is the last thing I'd want. They already track you through onstar how much more do you think they will through their own internet service. They can find out your buying habits and interests so they can help you with your next car purchase! Sounds great...
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VIDEO: OnStar calls Hennessey after tuned CTS-V pulls .99 g


On its way to doing the 1/4-mile in 11.07 seconds at 128 mph, a Hennessy-tuned 700-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V hit .99 longitudinal G as it left the start line. By the end of the run the phone inside the car was ringing, and it was your friendly neighborhood OnStar representative wondering "What the hell do you think you're doing?" Ok, not quite... but they did have some questions. Follow the jump to watch the video.



http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/24/v...-v-pulls-99-g/
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Why am I the only one voicing concern about this?!
There has not been one single bit of good news in this thread.
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