facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

OnStar tests its own 'Marauder's Map'

Aug. 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- General Motors said it would do a marketing test for an OnStar application that lets consumers at home know the location of a vehicle.

Like the Marauder's Map in the Harry Potter books and movies that let Mr. Potter and his pals know the whereabouts of people in the castle by tracking their footsteps, the OnStar application would send signals to a home computer that told them the location of their vehicle or whether or not it had reached its final destination, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

"What parent hasn't asked their teenage driver to call or send a text when they arrive somewhere only to not hear from them?" asked OnStar President Linda Marshall in a statement.

GM is playing catch-up on advanced technology for vehicles, having lost some ground with Ford's on-board computer system called Sync.

This summer, GM is launching MyLink in the Chevrolet Volt and the Equinox, which includes a feature of sending text messages with a voice-activated system, the newspaper said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended Stories
Most Popular
1
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
2
Iraq seeks U.S. missiles, helicopter support
3
New gas processing slated for North Dakota
4
API raises bar on oil spill response
5
Best Buy CEO: Tablet sales are crashing
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback