For many years, OnStar has led the industry in providing safety, security, and GPS features. But if you didnâ€™t own a GM car, it was unlikely that you could take advantage of the service. Last night, OnStar announced that it will introduce a retail rear view mirror that can be mounted on most U.S. vehicles, both used and new, beginning in Spring 2011.
Currently, the OnStar mirror is certified to work on 99% of the top 20 selling non-GM vehicles from the last 10 years, or approximately 55 million cars and trucks, with more certifications on the way. The mirror will offer the same key features that OnStar has become known for, including automatic crash response, stolen vehicle location assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, and hands-free calling, among others.
It will cost $299, plus installation, which is expected to cost between $75 and $100 at BestBuy and other selected consumer electronics retailers. A range of service plans will be available, starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.