Shanghai OnStar customers have access to a new feature: Vehicle Alarm Notification. The system relies on the telematics service to let certain Chinese Cadillac customers know if their vehicle has been broken into or stolen.
If the door, trunk, or hood of an OnStar-equipped vehicle with the Vehicle Alarm Notification system has been opened after the owner has turned off and locked the car, Shanghai OnStar’s data center will then be notified about a potential vehicle break in. The data center then transmits the message to the owner of the vehicle via text. Should the owner desire, OnStar can locate the stolen vehicle, remotely block the ignition of the vehicle, or slow down the vehicle. As OnStar notes, “these services have helped resolve more than 1,800 vehicle theft incidents.”
“Personal security is our subscribers’ greatest concern and an important area of R&D and innovation for Shanghai OnStar,” said Shanghai OnStar Managing Director Diane Jurgens, adding that the Vehicle Alarm Notification system enforces the company’s mission to improve customer experience.
The system is currently only available on certain Cadillac models in China. The company made no mention of Vehicle Alarm Notification reaching other General Motors vehicles in the region.