After months of speculation (by us), OnStar has officially launched Family Link — the first add-on service from the GM subsidiary. Family Link offers two key features, including Vehicle Locate and Vehicle Location Alert.
With Vehicle Locate, subscribers can view a map with the location of their vehicle by logging on to the Family Link website, while Vehicle Location Alert enables users to configure email or text message notifications that provides them with the location of their vehicle; users can choose the day, time, and frequency with which the alerts are delivered.
Family Link, which was originally tested by 4,500 subscribers last year, will be offered for $3.99 per month and can be added to any OnStar plan. The service will be rolled out to customers in phases, with some subscribers being able to sign up in the middle of April, while others will receive invitations in June. Family Link will roll out to everyone in the U.S. throughout 2012.
The GM Authority Take
$3.99 sounds fair to us. And for anyone concerned with privacy, let us note the access to the Family Link website requires an OnStar user name and password and only the subscriber with access can locate a vehicle or request alerts. Now, who’s waiting for their invite, and how long until Family Link makes its way to Canada, China, and Europe?