If you’ve been waiting to remotely start your GM vehicle using your Apple iPhone, you may want to get ready. According to a reply on OnStar’s Facebook page (screen shot below), the OnStar iPhone app will be available at the end of October.
The apps will enable paired phones to display vehicle diagnostic data, the current fuel level, tire pressure data, fuel economy, and odometer readings. The apps will also have the ability to lock or unlock doors, honk the horn, and start the vehicle – all remotely. Rounding out the features list is an in-app option to call a live OnStar operator. All these features will be available with either a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to the internet.
The iPhone app, which we assume will work across the iPod Touch and iPad, will be followed by apps for Android and Blackberry devices. Only select 2011 model year GM vehicles are compatible with the app functionality due to a new OnStar hardware module that brings these features to life.
The GM Authority Take
Given the sweltering mobile app craze we currently seem to be in, let’s hope The General and/or OnStar strongly advertise this functionality out of the gate. As far as we know, GM is the only automaker to offer this capability – so this may be a great opportunity to cater to those high-tech individuals who have written off General Motors products long ago due GM’s “old school” image. And given that it’s already the of October, we should expect this app any day now!
The only question, however, is whether these apps will also work internationally. This still remains to be seen, as we haven’t heard anything official from GM on the matter.