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In-Car Video Chat and 4G Streaming From OnStar 72

Posted by Soulskill
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thecarchik writes "At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, OnStar will reveal the latest on their system. This time, the system will be equipped in a Chevy Volt research vehicle, which seems to be a more appropriate vessel than a Buick for previewing your latest technology. In a press release teasing the appearance, OnStar said the system will offer such features as cloud-based streaming of information and entertainment, rear-seat infotainment management and video chat. Video chat may sound like a terrifying feature for any car, but OnStar said in last year's CES press materials that the feature would only be enabled when the car is in park. Other features like video streaming would also be limited to the rear seat or to a parked vehicle."
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In-Car Video Chat and 4G Streaming From OnStar

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @01:41AM (#38444870)

    RTFS? (The S is for summary)
    "CES press materials that the feature would only be enabled when the car is in park"

  • Data tracking (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Macrat (638047) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @02:00AM (#38444980)

    In a press release teasing the appearance, OnStar said the system will offer such features as cloud-based streaming of information and entertainment...

    ...directly to local law enforcement.

  • by sinij (911942) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @02:02AM (#38444988) Journal
    I can understand why you wouldn't want to have video chat going while driving. What I can't understand is why build anything into a car that is not useful while driving? Wouldn't your smart phone or laptop be a much better device to use for a video chat, especially since you are NOT driving? Another point to consider - how many people here still using their cell phone from 4 years ago? Well, 4 year old car still considered "gently used", with most cars lasting 8-12 years. How this vendor-locked technology going to get upgraded?
  • Re:Data tracking (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sigmabody (1099541) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @02:15AM (#38445084)

    Not just local law enforcement. Any government entity, law enforcement or otherwise, without the bothersome inconvenience of probably cause, warrants, or any of that other pre-telematics nonsense. Hope you're not engaging in any activities which the government might think are supportive of terrorists (like, say, talking about seditious thoughts).

    The fact that people buy cars equipped with OnStar is either a sign that we deserve our oppressive government, or is a testimony to the ignorance of the voting public...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @02:50AM (#38445268)

    I really wish automobile manufacturers would focus on building quality cars before jumping on the smartphone/tablet bandwagon. Seriously, who uses a carphone these days? It's like the car the turned into a tent. A tent is $100. That is not a good reason to buy a car, nor is a built in phone/tablet/computer. How about a head gasket that doesn't wear out at 20,000 kms?

  • by holophrastic (221104) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @03:11AM (#38445374)

    At some point, around 20 years ago, they stopped advertising the car part of the car. It's black, it has eyebrows, it gets good mileage, it has 8 music players, 12 bluetooth devices, phones, and video everything.

    You know why it's all necessary? Because the car itself is just no fun to drive.

    Instead, I bought a brand new, relatively inexpensive sports car about two year ago. It has none of the above said features. It has a radio, and a cd player, neither of which I can hear when the roof is down -- which is always, including throughout the winter, and in the rain when on the highway. And there's no road rage, no matter how bad the traffic -- and I'm in a city with an average commute time of 2 hours per day.

    It's fun, because it's a joy to drive. The seats can't recline, there's no back seat, there's a small trunk, and a great engine. And lots and lots of mountain roads. Oh, so many mountain roads.

    Is it good on gas? That depends. Sure I save money at the pump. But I drive it three times as much.

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