OnStar, GM’s (excellent) in-car telecommunication system, has become the largest in-vehicle communications provider in China. After a December 2009 launch, OnStar already has 29,000 subscribers in China. Chris Preuss, president of OnStar made the announcement at “Drive to 2030” Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum at the SAIC-GM Pavilion at Expo 2010.
“OnStar has surpassed all of its competitors and become the leading in-vehicle communication service provider in China, the world’s largest vehicle market. We expect OnStar to have nearly 200,000 users in China by the end of this year,” Preuss said at the conference.
The EN-V concept is GM’s first foray into the world of truly connected automotive mobility, which allows vehicles to sense what’s around them, optimizing traffic, shortening travel times, and making travel more predictable. GM believes that OnStar will lead the way to an era where vehicles collect, process, and share data by being connected to one another in an urban network, very much akin to the way the Internet connects devices (including computers, smartphones, and other electronics) today. If there was ever a reason for an automotive revolution, this may be it.