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Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today’s Technology…and Tomorrow’s by Nicholas D. Evans

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Chapter 15. In-Car Safety and Security: OnStar

One of the first words that comes to mind when we think about in-car safety and security is OnStar. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors and is the nation’s leadingprovider of in-vehicle safety, security, and information services using the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technology. The service was launched in fall 1996 and is now available on all Cadillacs, Buicks, Saabs, and Saturns, all GM minivans and sport utilities, and a large range of midsize sedans from Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile. In fact, for 2003, GM is offering OnStar services in 44 out of its 53 models. OnStar currently has over 2 million subscribers and has handled over 10 ...

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