CES 2012: OnStar FMV
What you might not know is that OnStar is also available in the form of a replacement rearview mirror (called OnStar FMV) that can be installed on more than 100 million vehicles including non-GM vehicles. Ford? Toyota? Chrysler? No problem. Check OnStar’s online compatibility tool, then hop over to Best Buy and grab one.
But here’s the really interesting part. At a lavish CES press conference, OnStar announced that it was releasing its proprietary API (application programming interface) to third-party developers. This means that entrepreneuring geniuses can create their own cool apps for OnStar. First up will be RelayRides, a service that lets you loan out your idle car, or borrow a loaner. RelayRides and OnStar create a marketplace to hook up cars with drivers, and adds a $1 million insurance policy. Just an example of where OnStar is heading – beyond GM and into computer, smartphone and tablet apps. Got an idea for a terrific car app that can leverage OnStar’s services? Here’s your chance.