Monday, January 31, 2005

Boston.com / Business / Technology / GM to make OnStar, stability controls standard

Boston.com / Business / Technology / GM to make OnStar, stability controls standard: "General Motors Corp. plans to put two safety features -- OnStar in-vehicle communications service and electronic stability control -- in all of its vehicles by the end of 2010, the company said yesterday. GM believes it would be the first automaker to make both features standard, a spokesman said.
The world's largest automaker said OnStar will be included on all vehicles in 2007.
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The first year of OnStar service will be free. After that, owners will have to pay $199 for a year or $16.95 a month to maintain the service. OnStar alerts emergency services when air bags deploy or the sides of the vehicle are hit."

So... GM is morphing into a network services provider that also happens to sell very large endpoint devices (automobiles and trucks).
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