For the price of $299 (not including installation/ activation), OnStar is offering a standalone rearview mirror equipped with it’s infamous “Blue Button” and will feature necessities like automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, roadside assistance, hands free calling and links to emergency services. Dubbed “OnStar Anywhere”, the device will be exclusively available at Best Buy by springtime.
The mirror has already been certified for many models made by Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and others, with more to be announced in the near future. The monthly rate for the service is expected to be equal to that of the OnStar services found in GM vehicles, at roughly $19 a month.
Though this is a benefit to the greater good, we do see The General losing some competitive advantage here.