The new design of OnStar buttons in 2013 vehicles more aptly represents its software updates, General Motors said. Rather than a white phone with a circle around it, the voice command button (which was referred to as hands-free calling button in the past) now has a general speech icon.
Aside from placing/receiving hands-free calls, the button now gives users the chance to access a saved route, check hands-free calling minutes and use OnStar Virtual Advisor, which comes with saved MapQuest directions or traffic and updates about the weather and stock.
Furthermore, the voice command button can better link up with infotainment systems like Chevrolet MyLink, Cadillac CUE and Buick/GMC IntelliLink. The emergency button now uses an internationally known SOS symbol rather than a white cross rooted in a red circle.
The SOS button marks OnStar’s nearing expansion into new global markets. Meanwhile, the OnStar button shifted to the telematics company’s new logo, which was presented in 2010. Via a statement, Douglas McKibbon, engineering group manager, OnStar Hardware, said that the buttons were modified for several various reasons. One is to better reflect the software updates that were used in this current OnStar generation.