OnStar® is famous for offering on-the-go assistance to drivers in need. Now, General Motors is teaming up with Amazon to offer the new OnStar® Guardian skill for Alexa, so you can enjoy that same peace of mind when you’re at home.
OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor
With OnStar® Guardian, you can simply say “Alexa, call for
help,” to contact an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor. They can lend
assistance during crises including fires, health emergencies, and home
Pam Fletcher, the vice president of GM Global Innovation,
stated, “This is another great example of how we’re expanding the safety and
security of OnStar® beyond the vehicle to help more people, which demonstrates
GM’s commitment to its growth strategy and innovating its software enabled
Giving Families Greater Peace Of Mind
“This hands-free Alexa skill makes it easy for customers to
get help from OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors when they need it,”
concurred Beatrice Geoffrin, director of Amazon Alexa services. “We hope this
feature helps give families greater peace of mind throughout their day-to-day
lives at home.”
Initially, OnStar® Guardian will only be available to select
OnStar® members. GM plans to offer the service more broadly by early 2022.
Ultimately, the automaker is working towards making OnStar® Guardian available
to both GM and non-GM drivers.
For more information about OnStar services, contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
General Motors has announced that it is offering an all-new navigation app for 2018 and newer Chevy, Buick, and GMC models. Whether or not these models originally came with navigation capabilities, you can still download the Maps+ app to their infotainment systems in order to more easily find your way around Ohio and beyond.
What You Need To Know
The brand-new app is available as long as you drive one of
the aforementioned GM vehicles and have an OnStar® Connected Services
subscription. It was developed in partnership with Mapbox, which is a company
that handles connectivity and navigation products.
What It Does
Maps+ has cloud-based connectivity, which allows it to
receive daily over-the-air updates to ensure your maps are up-to-date. Using
real-time traffic information, the app can help you avoid congested traffic
jams on your way home and even find a nearby gas station when your tank is
precariously close to empty. The app even notifies you about speed limit
changes and upcoming road hazards.
How To Utilize Maps+
To utilize Maps+, you can simply type in your destination as
well as any stops you want to make along the way. Predictive keyboard entry and
shortcuts make it easy to search for a point of interest. Voice control is
available for added convenience.
If you’re interested in driving a new or used vehicle with Maps+ and other modern tech, schedule a visit to Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to check out the models on our lot.
General Motors has announced that many of its 2021 models are receiving wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities. Vehicles with these capabilities will make it more convenient for you and your family to enjoy smartphone connectivity.
CarPlay® and Android Auto™ enable you to connect your phone to your vehicle’s
touch screen and utilize your favorite smartphone features on the go. As such,
you can send and receive messages, listen to your playlists and access
wireless integration in 2021 GM models, you can use all these features by
taking advantage of Bluetooth® technology instead of plugging your phone into a
USB cable. In the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, you can have wireless smartphone
connectivity by simply opting for the available Technology Package.
vehicles that will offer wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities
include the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. In addition, the new GMC Yukon and
Yukon XL as well as the Buick Encore GX will have these impressive capabilities
We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited to add 2021 Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models to our dealership located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about these new models and the innovative technologies that they will offer.