July 23, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Talk about finally living in the future. The OnStar service is bringing smartphone control to all GM autos in the 2011 line. That means that anyone with a 2011 GM and an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry phone will have the ability to monitor and control their cars from anywhere. We still don’t have hover-mobiles, but at least it’s a start.
The OnStar remote control service for all 2011 GM cars will allow you to tap into a bunch of different controls. Users will be able to check statistics like tire pressure, oil level, as well as remotely start and unlock their car doors from anywhere. You will of course have to be an OnStar subscriber which starts at a high $18.95 a month, but it is nice that they are adding the app functionality in for “free”.
What is telling about this story is that GM is trying to make itself important again, and with programs and ammenities such as this they may just do it. With companies like Ford and the Microsoft Sync technology it’s only a matter of time before this type of functionality is expected in all cars by consumers. Now all we need is cars that can be completely controlled by Android or better yet, cars that drive themselves.