General Motors released further details on the new OnStar system for the 2013 models, and apart from the new features, it also gets new-look buttons. GM says Many drivers are unaware of all that OnStar has to offer, so the buttons had to be revised. What’s more, because of the new system, 2013 Camaros will feature a cool frameless mirror with electrochromic buttons.
The new mirror will not only appeal to
geeks tech-savvy users, it is also an homage to the classic Camaros which had a similar rear-view mirror. The mirror itself is also auto-dimming, allowing it to compensate for the amount of light inside the vehicle. It comes standard on the Camaro 2SS, 2LT, ZL1 coupe and convertible.
As for the features of the new OnStar, “Hands-Free Calling button” – a white phone with a circle around it – is now the “Voice Command button,” featuring a general speech icon. It allows the driver to access a saved route; check Hands-Free Calling minutes or access OnStar Virtual Advisor, which includes saved MapQuest directions or traffic, weather and stock updates. All that of course is in addition to the ability to place or receive phone calls.
Other change is the Emergency button, previously represented by a white cross embedded in a red circle, is now the internationally recognized “SOS” symbol. They used this instead of the white cross in preparation for making the OnStar a global service. SOS symbol is recognized all over the world.
Finally, the OnStar button features the company’s new logo introduced in 2010. New OnStar systems work in tandem with infotainment systems like Chevrolet MyLink, Cadillac CUE and Buick/GMC IntelliLink.