Mary Chan to oversee GM’s OnStar and infotainment divisions

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 30, 2012

General Motors has named Mary Chan to be its vice president in charge of global connected consumers – a recently created post that oversees its OnStar and infotainment divisions. Chan served as Dell’s senior vice president and general manager of enterprise mobility solutions and services since 2009.

GM spokesman Vijay Iyer said that GM wanted to integrate GM’s OnStar telematics unit with its increasing infotainment offerings. These two operations shared some engineering resources but they were separated managed by different executives. Iyer said that it’s about forming a more coherent approach throughout the organization on what’s offered for the connected customer.

Chan will be reporting to GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, who oversees OnStar. In 2011, GM has unveiled new infotainment systems across its brands, such as MyLink for Chevrolet and IntelliLink for Buick and GMC.

Cadillac will launch its new infotainment system, Cadillac User experience, or CUE, by June, as the new XTS sedan arrives at showrooms. Users get touchscreen access to content on their smartphones, like streaming music or videos, through a Bluetooth or USB connection.

OnStar, which was launched in 1996, is a system embedded on all GM vehicles that have turn-by-turn navigation and safety and security features, including the ability to track stolen vehicles or immediately inform authorities about a crash.

GM is seeking to combine the two technologies to provide one interface to the user. OnStar will also be rolling out new services involving safety and security. Just last month, OnStar introduced Family Link, which permits parents to track where their kids are when they’re driving an OnStar-equipped vehicle.

Topics: gm, onstar

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016
Most of you may have heard or already have one of those autonomous home appliances doing the house chores. Thus, it’s not anymore unusual to see a car going places...
by - October 20, 2016