Innovation: Design & Technology

OnStar: Safe & Connected


OnStar1 in GM vehicles is driven by a powerful and simply-stated promise: Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road. Quite possibly, no other automotive innovation has done more to keep customers safely connected than OnStar. OnStar was the industry’s first embedded telematics system when it debuted in 1996. OnStar in GM vehicles was the first available comprehensive automatic crash notification and security system. Since its debut, OnStar and GM have never ceased to drive advancements in keeping drivers safe, secure and connected.

Capabilities such as remote vehicle diagnostics, turn-by-turn navigation, the ability to slow down stolen vehicles and the possibility to talk to a live advisor with a simple push of a button have all changed what customers worldwide experienced driving.


As we drive toward a connected future, OnStar continues to build on its proven track record, continually delivering the kind of advancements that help customers worldwide re-consider what’s possible when it comes to safety, security and connectivity. OnStar innovations that continue the pace of revolutionizing driver connectivity include:

  • The OnStar smart phone app2 for most 2012 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles that includes remote start, lock/unlock, and vehicle status checks as well as battery management functions for the Chevrolet Volt.
  • Beta test applications such as OnStar Audio Facebook Updates and the OnStar Voice Communication phone App, both enabling the driver to stay connected while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) for aftermarket installation brings popular OnStar safety and security services to owners of non-GM cars and trucks through a specially equipped rearview mirror. More than 90 million vehicles are compatible.
  • Seamless integration with Chevy MyLink3 and Buick and GMC's IntelliLink3-- a smart in-car infotainment suite available in many 2012 vehicles.


1. Visit for details and system limitations.

2. Available on iPhone and select Android platforms. Services vary by model and conditions.

3. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and Smartphone. Some devices