Imagine if you had your personal valet who would’ve been responsible for:
- Warming your car engine up;
- Making sure the temperature inside was normal;
- Helping you locate your vehicle in a crowded parking lot;
- Preventing it from being stolen, etc.
Well, brace yourself: you’re not getting a personal auto-servant, but instead a state-of-art mobile application with a client-support center available 24/7.
It’s been developed by OnStar company, that has an impressive 20-year-long experience of providing driver-assistance services to car lovers throughout the world.
OnStar RemoteLink isn’t merely an app – it’s a whole system designed to provide you with safety and convenience. And I gotta admit it does a celestial job!
It gives you access to such functions as:
Vehicle location – I guess any of us could relate to this problem: it’s so easy to forget where you parked your car, especially near such monstrous places like sports arenas or mammoth-like malls. Its accuracy is impressive, and if you fail to spot your vehicle due to poor visibility (thick fog, a very dark night), the app will make it honk and flash the lights. I recommend installing “La Cucaracha” horn for fun and amusement.
Remote start – a handy feature but there’s something you must know about it:
It doesn’t work when the car is in a garage - the roof blocks the antenna
If you don’t appear within 10 minutes the start will be off - car becomes dormant itself
Only two remote starts can be done consecutively
Function is unavailable once you’re inside the vehicle
Sometimes it takes the app 20 seconds to execute your order
Climate control – it’s my personal favorite. The system remembers the cabin temperature and restores it once you’re inside again. If you live in Canada or Alaska, you’ll especially enjoy automatic seat-heating, and rear window is defrosting.
Car condition – you can monitor what’s going on with tire pressure, mileage and see how much gasoline/charge you have left – neat!
Anti-theft – in case your wheels get stolen, it can be located via a satellite and even stopped from moving or slowed down if it’s chased by the police.
Navigation – aside for a GPS-supported map you can contact the OnStar support to request coordinates any time. Advisors are remarkably polite.
Remote lock/unlock – speaks for itself, requires a PIN.
Another thing I liked was the possibility to schedule the vehicle check-up with your favored dealer.
Perhaps the only unpleasant thing is that the application consumes a considerable amount of mobile traffic. Be prepared to spend about 1.5-2 GB a month.
Ease of use
He got rid of that awful blue background in 2015, so now your eyes won’t get irritated while reading. The interface itself is pretty cool-looking, and mechanics are based mainly on swiping.
You get a number of categories to choose from: “Vehicle status”, “Map”, “Horn & Lights” etc. Small icons will instruct you what to do – for example, an icon of a mute trumpet in “Horn & Lights” clearly shows that you can make your ride give a noiseless light-show so you could finally spot it.
- Great functionality;
- It runs on Android mobile, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone;
- Extremely easy-to-use.
- It’s compatible with a GM cars only;
- The apk download is free, but certain features are accessible only after you choose a specific payable plan;
- Consumes a lot of traffic.
To sum it, the app is a must-have if you own a GM car. It’ll make life as a driver much easier, and it’s only a matter of time when you fall in love with the OnStar.