That’s right – OnStar’s Santa Tracker feature is back for yet another year, allowing families with Chevrolet vehicles equipped with an active OnStar plan to press the blue button in their car on Christmas Eve and find out the exact location of St. Nick’s sleigh.
“Each year, we help keep spirits bright by fulfilling thousands of requests on Santa’s whereabouts,” said Stacey Unold, OnStar director of Contact Center Operations for Chevrolet. “This in-car technology provides Chevy owners and their families with a fun and festive way to connect during the most wonderful time of the year.”
General Motors says NORAD uses the “North Warning System radar chain and geosynchronous satellites with infrared sensors to follow Santa on his journey around the globe,” and provide children with the real-time updates of his location. Santa update calls can be made anytime between 6 a.m. EST on December 24 and 5 a.m. EST on Dec. 25., giving families plenty of time to call in and get an update on old Kris Kringle’s whereabouts.
OnStar also says it is “committed to the safety and security of its members,” and that advisor staffing will be adjusted to accommodate increased call volume from Santa update requests. Rest assured, anyone in need of help won’t experience delays due to Santa updates.
Lastly, Chevrolet and OnStar will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for every blue button pushed for a Santa update in the United States, so feel free to let the kids call in for a Santa update as much they like.