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OnStar To Showcase 4G Technologies Like Video Chat

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On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 5:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

OnStar To Showcase 4G Technologies Like Video Chat

At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, GM's OnStar unveiled a new level of in-vehicle technologies developed in cooperation with Verizon. The platform, which was equipped to a Buick LaCrosse research vehicle, utilized Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network to deliver all kinds of advanced technological in-vehicle functions like remote monitoring, home monitoring and video chat. At this year's CES show, OnStar will show the latest evolution of its system.

This year, the system will move from the old LaCrosse research vehicle to a Chevy Volt research vehicle. That's a good move since the Chevy Volt is GM's best example of technological innovation and the LaCrosse is a Buick--still a grandpa of cars despite GM's best efforts to shed that image.

OnStar hasn't detailed much about the updated system, but does say that it will offer such features as video chat, rear-seat infotainment management and cloud-based streaming of entertainment and information. The last item is especially general and could include a lot of different features.

Last year's system gave drivers the ability to monitor their cars from a smartphone or computer. A series of cameras in the car let owners remotely view the car, a nice security feature for anyone that tends to worry his car is going to get stolen or vandalized. The system also took advantage of 4G connectivity for things like traffic camera video and video chatting.

Video streaming capabilities were said to be limited to either rear seat passengers or a parked car as to prevent a compromise in safety.

It's not clear how this year's system will differ, but it will be interesting to see how the technology has progressed.

OnStar will also make announcements about its FMV aftermarket system and will showcase the latest in smart grid technology. In a presentation on Sunday, January 8, it will be joined by Cadillac, which will showcase its new CUE system.

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Stephy21 | 9:45AM (Fri, Dec 30, 2011)

All these updates sound good but with all the talk about NTSB wanting to ban electronic devices from cars and stop distracted driving. I think some of the updates went a little to far like with the video chat its good they would only let the passenger in the back use it and the car had to be in park for the driver to use it but any way you go the driver is still going to be distracted. And who needs 4G in their car i mean we already have it on our phones and computers so what would be the need to have it in a car so you can get on Facebook while driving or surf the web?. Its basically like they are trying to put a computer in cars these days, and if any states pass the law on banning electronic devices i think these cars with this technology would be questionable. In my personal opinion all these upgrades would be nice but theirs to much distracted driving as it is and i think this would just ad to it.

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