General Motors has announced a new program today that allows OnStar-equipped 2014 model year Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models to utilize the OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services for free, even if customers elect not to pay for an OnStar subscription.
The Key Fob services component of the OnStar RemoteLink app provides owners with the ability to perform the following functions directly from their smartphone:
- Remote start
- Remote door lock & unlock
- Activate horn & lights
RemoteLink Key Fob will be free for five years, while the full suite of OnStar services remains available as part of the initial 6-month trial period or paid OnStar subscription. Additional RemoteLink services include:
- Checking status of vehicle’s operating systems, including remaining oil life, fuel level range in miles, tire pressure, and miles per gallon
- One-touch connection to an OnStar Advisor for a simple request or emergency need
RemoteLink Mobile App users with the Directions and Connections plan can also send Turn-by-Turn directions from their smartphone or computer directly to their vehicle.
In addition, the complete set of OnStar services includes:
- 24/7 access to a live Advisor
- Automatic Crash Response
- Stolen Vehicle Assistance
- Hands-Free Calling
- Vehicle Diagnostics
- Turn-by-Turn Navigation
General Motors and OnStar initially introduced RemoteLink for the Chevrolet Volt in 2010, creating the auto industry’s first mobile app. The mobile app is currently available for Apple’s iOS and Google Android devices, while BlackBerry and Windows Phone users can access the app’s features through a web app. As of this writing, RemoteLink app has been downloaded over 1.5 million times with more than 320,000 regular users.
GM’s announcement represents the broadest deployment of remote services offered through a mobile app by any auto manufacturer.