Remember the OnStar app for the Chevy Volt? The one that allowed you to remotely start your car, lock and unlock doors and check vital engine statistic all from your Android handset? If you were kicking yourself that you might only get a chance to experience it by owning a new Volt, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore. OK, you’ll still need to buy a new car, but at least the options have opened up as General Motors plans to bring the same OnStar technology to its complete lineup of vehicles for 2011.
The remote control and monitoring functionality should really open up a new way to experience you car. Figure out some way to use GPS and Google Maps to remotely drive the car to pick you up and you basically have a Bat-Mobile (body kit, paint job, and rocket booster sold separately). You still need to sign up for an OnStar subscription starting at a pricey $18.95 per month, but I like where this technology is going. Hopefully more manufacturer’s will adopt similar systems in the future. Check out the video at this link for a better sense of what you can do with your Android phone and OnStar.