Beginning with its 2014 models, consumers buying General Motors vehicles will be able to unlock doors, activate their horns and lights and even remotely start factory-equipped vehicles through the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App.
Phil Abram, GM's chief infotainment officer, said he new RemoteLink Key Fob Services program for OnStar-equipped vehicles will become a standard feature—and fee-free for five years. It will be added to 2014 models sold in the United States by Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.
It is the broadest deployment of remote services offered through a mobile app by any auto manufacturer, GM claims—and underscores what has become a virtual war between manufacturers racing to outdo one another with infotainment systems—especially features that focus on safety and security.
Thirty-six 2014 model-year GM vehicles are compatible with the RemoteLink mobile app, noted Abram, adding that, "No other manufacturer can come close to offering this."