updated 11:15 am EDT, Thu July 22, 2010
OnStar mobile apps go beyond Volt
GM today expanded its OnStar mobile apps to cover more cars than just the Chevy Volt. Both the Android and iOS apps for the brands will now monitor and sometimes control most 2011 model year Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC vehicles. Drivers will have the option of remotely starting the car, unlocking it or triggering the horn; the approach can work over any Internet connection.
The service also provides diagnostics based on the last time the car was started. Owners can check metrics like fuel economy and the odometer reading but also traits that aren't always reported remotely, such as the level of fuel, tire pressure and the expected remaining useful lifetime of the oil. OnStar itself is logically given a quick-dial shortcut.
Both the Android and iOS apps on the market already have the features enabled, but the ability to use the features will be dictated by the availability of the cars themselves. More features are promised for Buick and GMC customers, but their apps are only due in coming months and will be detailed closer to when they go live.