GM iPhone remote app makes key fob redundant
GM's new phone app will soon allow owners of most 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles to control a number of vehicle features via remote.
Here at Leftlane, we're still holding out for a phone app that will let us summon our parked cars with the push of a button, a la James Bond. For everyone else, there's the next best thing: GM's new iPhone/Android application.
Based on the app first previewed at CES for the forthcoming Volt, the software will soon allow owners of most 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles to control a number of vehicle features via remote. Leveraging its OnStar network, GM developed the phone app to replace a number of key fob functions, and then some.
Basic controls include the ability to lock/unlock the doors, trigger the horn and lights, and activate the remote starter. Because the technology works through cellular networks, there is no range limitation or line-of-sight required.
But it's more than just a cellular key fob with pretty graphics. The program also includes the ability to view diagnostic information, including fuel tank level and range, remaining oil life, current tire pressure and average miles per gallon.
Important vehicle information, including current odometer reading, vehicle VIN and OnStar account number will also be accessible within the app.
General Motors has not said when the app will become available, but the company has indicated it will be "soon."
"We're working aggressively to bring the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC applications to market as soon as possible," says Joel Ewanick, vice president, GM Marketing. "Because we know that each brand's customers have different tastes, wants and needs, the apps will be very specifically tailored to offer them the services they value most."