Sanjay Khunger, the chief technologist at OnStar, informed the attendees at the Teens in Tech 2012 conference about all that OnStar has helped and how the company continues to help with providing safety products for drivers and their passengers. In 1996, OnStar was first implemented in Cadillac models, providing a way for emergency help to reach individuals, automatically in the event of an emergency, using their GPS location recorded by OnStar.
OnStar has now grown that initial problem into helping over 150,000 callers a day in need of emergency help and even something as simple as a locked out driver. Even now, OnStar has more to provide customers for the future. The first thing is RemoteLink, allowing customers to control their car, see tank levels, and more. But this isn’t all that OnStar is involved in. The company now has made their API avaliable, allowing average developers to create great products that uses OnStar technologies, including vehicle status, door unlock, and more.
On product from OnStar is RelayRides. This uses RemoteLink to allow drivers to provide cars and transportation to customers in need of a car. RelayRides makes use of RemoteLink by allowing the driver to control the car, unlock and more, while the provider is rest assured that in the event of a mishap, the driver can now revoke the access from afar. Think of it sort of like the Airbnb for cars, allowing individuals to lend out their cars for a fee. Easy money for the provider, and an affordable car for the customer.
Next up, we were able to check out the Chevy Volt 4G demos. We were able to check out, with the help of Shayna Simon, intern at OnStar, all that a 4G connected vehicle could offer. From the ability to let passengers get assigned movies, games, and more. You could even control a Skype call from right in the car. Check out our photos below showcasing more that the Chevy Volt 4G had to offer. Don’t forget to also check out more updates from Teens in Tech Conference 2012.