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  • madmanmoo 12/31/07 10:35 am PST

    It's sort of both. It's a communication device that allows you to directly talk to a person who can send help your way. If someone breaks into your vehicle, they will be alerted of that fact as well.

    Pretty neat system.

  • tallman1 12/31/07 1:00 pm PST

    OnStar is only available on cars built by GM and it can only be installed by the factory. There are different plans that offer more services for a greater monthly fee. You can do everything from getting directions from an operator to having your vehicle unlocked if you should lock your keys inside. For all the details and pricing, check the link below.

    Source: http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp/in
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  • greanpea68 01/03/08 7:34 pm PST

    I would like to add to onstar list...

    Yes it helps if you lock your keys in the car, someone can give you driving directions, someof them have little meme reocorders.

    It works with satelites and can communicate with your cars computers. WHat I really think about onstar is let's say you bought a GMC Envoy with onstar... Well 2 years later you stop paying and they have to repo the car well now if you are missing the repo man will be able to find you with " onstar" ... Also it can communicate with your cars computer... Whalla it finds out out how many miles you have drive and can tell what you need done and tells you to go get service. Both of those things Repoing the car helps GMAC ( which ussualy finances the vehicle ) and helps them with service profits. But I think it is mainly for the repo thing!

    GP

  • autoboy16 01/06/08 3:35 pm PST

    Onstar is an in car telematics system that is often and mostly used by General Motors or GM. It can be used for many purposes including navigation system and alarm systems.

    Navigation by way of Turn by turn. You press the blue onstar button which takes you to a telephone assistant and you tell them what yould would like. Give them an address and in many GM vehicles, they beam directions down and can be displayed in your car's radio display system.

    It can be an alarm system because if your car is stolen, broken into, or even if you lock your keys in the car, you call onstar and report what happened. They will unlock the door for you!If you get into an accident, they call you and ask if you require assistance. If you do, they call the ambulance, police, ect. For a stolen car, they track it for police to follow!

    So yup, thats onstar!
    -Cj

    Source: http://www.tech-faq.com/onstar.shtml

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