General Motors and OnStar will offer free connected vehicle services to those located in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is currently looming off the coast of the southeastern United States after slowly passing over the Bahamas this past weekend.
According to GM, OnStar advisors can help steer people away from dangers related to Category 2 storm and can help direct them to important nearby resources such as shelters and food. OnStar can also book hotel rooms in certain areas and help co-ordinate emergency rescue and evacuation services for those in danger. GM is offerin unlimited hands-free calling minutes and LTE hotspot data for those in the hurricane’s path, as well.
OnStar’s various services will work on any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle equipped with OnStar from the 2006 model year onward.
OnStar is able to offer seamless connected services during major weather storms thanks to its 24/7 central Command Center, which monitors severe weather and disaster situations 24/7 so its advisors are properly prepared to handle incoming calls related to current events.
“In times of disaster, you might not have access to information you need. Our Command Centre team works to stay on top of events as they unfold and gather critical information, which may include instructions from your local authorities,” OnStar says.
GM owners can access OnStar emergency services by pressing the red ‘SOS’ button in their vehicle.
Hurricane Dorian was originally classified a Category 4 storm, but weakened to a Category 2 overnight as it slowly marched toward the Florida coast. Media reports indicate life-threatening storm surges, along with tropical storm force winds and periods of extremely heavy rain will begin to descend upon Florida’s
Treasure Coast and Space Coast regions throughout the day Tuesday.