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GM Showcases New Technologies At CES

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On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Showcases New Technologies At CES

GM has used this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the latest OnStar technologies being developed in its labs. These technologies include third-party apps, in-vehicle computer streaming, and video chat.

GM equipped a Chevy Volt research vehicle with many of the latest OnStar functions. The car is powered by Verizon's 4G LTE mobile network that enables a variety of cutting edge information, entertainment and safety functions. The car follows the original Buick Verizon-OnStar research vehicle, which was introduced at last year's CES show.

The focus of the 4G-powered content is on the passengers, who get access to streamed content from their home computers or a streaming service. Passengers will also be able to seamlessly share content with each other over the car's network.

Rear passengers get access to a dual-zone infotainment management system, through which they can access streamed content including videos, music and games. Rear passengers are also able to make video calls via Skype, enabling vehicle to home, vehicle to mobile or vehicle to (appropriately equipped) vehicle.

While the infotainment suite could foreseeably be equipped to any type of car, OnStar also revealed a few Volt/EV-specific functions on the research vehicle. With Real Time Diagnostics and Eco Routing, Volt owners can access vehicle diagnostics, remaining charge, distance left with remaining charge and charging station location information. The Home Energy Management system lets drivers manage home settings like thermostat and lighting from their car.

The Volt research vehicle is purely conceptual at this stage and designed to show some of the types of functions that can be offered using a vehicle-based 4G connection. The equipment may or may not make it to production.

An OnStar announcement that's a little more concrete and imminent is the opening of its API to third-party app development. Approved software developers will soon be able to build vehicle-specific apps to run on OnStar's Advanced Telematics Operating Management System. Developers will be able to build new apps around functions like security, navigation and vehicle diagnostics.

The first third-party app will be from RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car-sharing network that lets car owners rent out their vehicles to drivers in need of a temporary ride. The RelayRides app will make renting more seamless, allowing smartphone users to unlock the car via app rather than requiring a hard key.

OnStar will officially open the API in the first half of this year.


OnStar, Verizon Unveil Second-Generation Research Vehicle

Static Chevrolet Volt demonstrates power of Verizon 4G LTE Network

LAS VEGAS – OnStar and Verizon Wireless unveiled a second-generation connected research vehicle at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The static Chevrolet Volt research concept vehicle focuses on a comprehensive in-vehicle experience giving all users access to streaming content from the Cloud enabled by the Verizon 4G LTE network and building on OnStar’s Advanced Telematics Operating System (ATOMS).

The Volt research cars will be featured as part of the Verizon booth (South Hall, Booth 30259) as well as the OnStar booth (North Hall, Booth 1330) in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The prototype applications demonstrate:

· Streaming content: The 4G LTE connection provides passengers access to streaming content from their home computer or via a popular streaming service.

· Sharing content throughout the vehicle: OnStar has developed a method for the in-vehicle sharing of content among users.

· Rear seat infotainment management: With the use of an advanced Human Machine Interface, the user has independent control of the two rear zones, allowing transmission of cached or streaming content, including music, videos, games and news, to each rear passenger.

· Video chat: Rear seat passengers can make a Skype video call from the vehicle to anywhere: vehicle to home, vehicle to mobile device, or vehicle to vehicle.

Additionally, OnStar built on its pioneering work with Smart Grid technology and home connectivity to develop in-vehicle energy management applications:

· OnStar RemoteLink: Full integration of OnStar’s RemoteLink mobile application, giving the Volt owner the opportunity to access remote vehicle information and services.

· Real time diagnostics and Eco Routing: Volt owners can access charge status, distance on remaining charge, find and reserve charging locations and manage pertinent Volt information and vehicle diagnostics.

· Home Energy Management: OnStar allows users to control the home thermostat, lights, garage door and other systems directly from the vehicle.

Following the 2011 CES joint research vehicle, OnStar‘s advanced innovation engineering team continued collaboration with Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center to further investigate the potential of the connected vehicle. The takeaway was developing a more holistic cloud connected in-vehicle experience.

“These applications are just a glimpse of what is possible when you combine the cloud computing capabilities of OnStar and the power of the Verizon 4G LTE network,” said OnStar President Linda Marshall. “Moving forward we want to continue to provide our customers with a comprehensive suite of connected services and create a seamless and safe in-vehicle experience.”

While the applications shown in the static Chevrolet Volt research vehicle are only conceptual, they demonstrate future opportunities the OnStar ATOMS Cloud capabilities can provide in combination with broadband accessibility.

“Any future services from OnStar will meet our high standards for safety – making sure that drivers’ hands are on the wheel and their eyes are on the road,” Marshall said.


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Stephy21 | 10:13AM (Thu, Jan 12, 2012)

I think they might be going a little far with this new OnStar equipment, drivers are distracted enough by every day life and then they are going to throw all these apps in to a car . To me it seems like they are trying to put a smart phone/computer in cars now. I think the technology we have in them now is just fine why would they want to complicate that even more?

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