OnStar FMV rearview mirror already shows its value

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

GM announced today that the OnStar FMV, its aftermarket rearview mirror, already helped connect the crash victim to both emergency assistance and his wife. Recently, Joseph Ortez suffered a crash in his Nissan Sentra when driving through a Los Angeles intersection. Although he was not critically injured, Cortez was unable to get out of the vehicle and was experiencing a sharp pain in his shoulder.

After the crash he was automatically connected to OnStar, where an Advisor provided Emergency Medical Dispatch instructions, while another Advisor contacted 9-1-1 and directed first responders to the scene.

Thanks to them, first responders arrived on the scene within 10 minutes of the crash. “I was in so much pain. I didn’t have my bearings. I didn’t know which way I was facing or how hurt I was. I was thinking there was no way I can make these phone calls and let someone know where I am at,” said Cortez. What is more interesting is that Joseph Cortez had the OnStar FMV for only three weeks and it already showed its value.

Moreover, the Advisors, after completing their initial assessment, contacted conferenced Cortez’s wife, Grace, into the vehicle through the FMV system. “I’m okay,” Cortez said to his wife through the OnStar speakers, “Thank [goodness], I put this OnStar in.”

So, remember folks that the OnStar FMV can save your life! For those who don’t know, the OnStar FMV is available for $299.99, plus installation, while the service plans cost $18.95 a month or $199 a year for the Safe and Sound Plan, or $28.90 a month, or $299 a year for the Directions and Connections Plan. [source: GM]

OnStar FMV will give top security, convenience and safety features to 90 million vehicles that are on the road. FMV stands for For My Vehicle and the system will be available this summer for $299.

OnStar FMV will have the same core functionalities that made OnStar a trusted and well-known name in security, safety and communications for more than 6 million people.

The system has an Automatic Crash Response that is triggered by an accelerometer located in the OnStar FMV mirror. This connects the vehicle to a trained emergency advisor when the vehicle crashes. The advisor can contact emergency responders to give them the exact location of the vehicle by obtaining the GPS coordinates from the mirror. This happens even when the drivers and passengers are not able to respond.

The most popular service on OnStar is the turn by turn navigation that is available with just one press of the blue button. The driver can ask the advisor for directions to a specific location and the directions are downloaded to the system, which then gives the driver spoken instructions to the location.

There are security services as well such as the Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, roadside assistance, and emergency assistance. The emergency assistance is particularly useful if the driver witnesses a crime in progress or when he or she witnesses a collision.

OnStar FMV has two options for hands-free calling. You can connect a mobile phone via Bluetooth or use the OnStar service. You can use the external microphone that is hidden away into the roofline for the best voice quality possible. The driver does not have to take his eyes off the road and keep his hands on the steering wheel.

The list of vehicles and models that are compatible with the OnStar FMV system is ever growing. It can work with 90 million vehicles that were made in the past decade, an increase from only 55 million when it was first announced in January’s International Consumer Electronics Show.

Topics: onstar, gm, united states

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