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Thread: Onstar Remote Start
07-23-2012, 12:33 PM #21
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07-23-2012, 01:47 PM #22
The only useful thing to me for Onstar is for the wife's ride. If she gets into accident at night while she is coming home from work. The road usually has few cars at that time of night. I don't need there turn by turn I could get a GPS. I don't need remote unlock I have a key and a backup.
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07-23-2012, 02:16 PM #23
I can start my car from up to a mile away ... and lock/unlock it ... and check temperature in the cab ... and a host of other fun things I don't even bother with. That's with the fob ... there's also an app for it but I don't use it because sometimes I leave my phone in the console safe ... and that'd be bad. Also my Nav is Garmin's turn-by-turn, which I like far and above anything else I've used.
So, OnStar yields no features I want ... and snoops into my privacy, which I don't want. Useless gimmick, to me. If I were married maybe I'd find value in it akin to what Alox mentioned ... but I'm not so I don't.
P.S. I was not one of those who said it costs too much. However, in terms of return on investment ... based on use of aftermarket upgrades instead of paying way too much for the factory nav ... I agree that OnStar costs too much.
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07-23-2012, 07:40 PM #24
I would almost pay to not have it in my vehicle. I have no use for the phone(Ive got a smartphone that can bluetooth to my radio) Ive got navigation in my phone with turn by turn instruction, If someone steals my truck my Insurance will cover it wether they find it or not. And I dont need the possibility of anyone listening in to my conversations in the cab of my truck irregardless if I am doing anything wrong or not. I know someone in particular that had a few drinks and decided to drive home. I know..I know he should not have been drinking and driving. Well anyway he had the trial period still on his new vehicle and he had swerved to miss a deer on his way home and ended up hitting a curb pretty hard. He got out to inspect to see if he had any damage to his vehicle and at that same time onstar was trying to get a hold of him due to a shock sensor apparently alerting them of a possible crash. Well he never responded because he was outside of his vehicle and low and behold he was cuffed and stuffed for a .06 bac and got DWAI. I dont think he has onstar anymore.
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07-23-2012, 07:48 PM #25
07-23-2012, 09:34 PM #26
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I didn't say any of you had to agree with me. I don't care if you like it or not. I said I was just giving my opinion on why I choose to use it.
07-23-2012, 09:43 PM #27
Hmmmm, a lot of paranoid people on this thread.
Most of the things we appear to be worrying about are illegal, NO ONE can legally listen to your conversation, inside the truck, or inside your home. It's a cell phone; do we worry about people, or machines, listening to us by accessing the cell phone on our hip?Ray
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07-23-2012, 09:46 PM #28
07-23-2012, 11:00 PM #29
07-23-2012, 11:14 PM #30
Some fun tidbits from it:
"The information we may get from your car includes:
- information about your car's operation, including such things as diagnostic trouble codes, oil life remaining, tire pressure, fuel economy and odometer readings;
- information about collisions involving your car, the direction from which your car was hit, which air bags have deployed, and safety belt usage;
- information about your use of the car and its features, such as whether you have paired a mobile device with your car) ;
- information about when your car's ignition is turned on or off and when your fuel is refilled; and
- in the limited circumstances listed below, the location and approximate GPS (global positioning satellite) speed of your car:
- when there is a request for service made from inside your car (for example when you request driving directions);
- when there is an airbag deployment or automatic crash response (so we can inform emergency service providers);
- when there is a request for Stolen Vehicle Assistance (to assist law enforcement in the recovery of your car);
- when needed to protect the safety of you or others (for example, to locate a missing person);
- when needed by us or our suppliers for our quality, research or troubleshooting purposes; or
- as may be required by law.
If you use Hands-Free Calling minutes, we may obtain certain Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) such as call detail records, the number of minutes purchased, the date minutes were purchased, the number of remaining minutes, and their expiration date. We do not share CPNI information specific to you with third parties for their marketing purposes."
Why do they care when you refilled? Can they use your tire pressure against you if it was low and there was an accident? Can your insurance provider deny a claim if OnStar says your saftey belt was not in use yet you claim it was used (despite the belief that computers are never wrong ... they often are)? Can the GPS speed of your vehicle be used to deny a claim? Who decides when the GPS speed of your vehicle should be used to protect you or the safety of others? Who decides when the GPS speed of your vehicle is needed by OnStar or its suppliers for 'research'? Do you want OnStar to have your call detail records?
Last edited by SurrealOne; 07-23-2012 at 11:34 PM.
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