The service will be available through an aftermarket rear view mirror replacement featuring the OnStar button as well as other controls, which is said to be compatible with most top-selling vehicles from major manufacturers. According to the company, the OnStar retail product will offer the same key features found on GM's vehicles including Automatic Crash Response, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, one-button access to emergency and roadside services. Hands-free calling and Bluetooth connectivity are also part of the functions.
The mirror will be available in the United States initially through Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com/) this spring, with more retailers to follow soon. Pricing for the mirror is set at US$299, excluding installation which is expected to cost between US$75 and US$100. The OnStar subscription fee starts from US$18.95 a month or US$199 for a full year.
”For years, thousands of drivers have asked us to get OnStar in vehicles that didn’t feature it as standard,” said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. I believed that the innovative mirror would duplicated by some Chinese companies in little time, just like what happened to the Iphone.