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OnStar and General Motors offer cellphone app for most 2011 vehicles

July 22, 2010|By Tiffany Hsu | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

For all those people who have forgotten whether they locked their car doors or can't find their vehicle in a parking lot, OnStar has a new application that lets drivers use their smart phones like a remote key fob on new General Motors Co. vehicles.

The technology will be available for most models in the 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC lineups. Customers with a basic $18.95 subscription to OnStar will be able to start their cars, activate the horn and lights and lock and unlock doors from a distance using a mobile phone. The application was originally paired with just the Chevrolet Volt electric car, due out in December.

Users will plug in an ID and password to access the program and then input a PIN number to send commands. They also can ascertain the car's remaining oil life, current odometer reading, vehicle identification number, tire pressure, fuel tank level and more from the phone.

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