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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
-Typically, the OnStar service is only available in GM vehicles, but I got a Ford explores and there's an OnStar mirror.
Now, before you go getting confused, we're taking a look at the OnStar FMV that stands for, for my vehicle.
It's a universal standalone OnStar mirror that you can install in pretty much any vehicle.
It's also got an internal speaker that's built in to the back of the unit and an external microphone that you can mount pretty much anywhere in your own vehicle.
Ours is up here in the roof.
Now, the front of the unit, there are major buttons.
The first button is the phone button or if you like to call it the self-service button, but you don't actually have to interact with anyone.
Here, you will be able to access hands free calling either through the OnStar system built in cellular connection or through a Bluetooth connection with your paired phone.
The second button is the blue on button.
Now here pushing this button will get you in contact with OnStar concierge service who will be able to help you find destinations,
who can send you roadside assistance, it's a real person.
The third button is for emergency services.
Now, you don't really wanna push that button unless you need help from police, fire, or medical personnel.
Now, in the event of an accident, the system can also initiate a call from an OnStar person and if nobody answers, they can automatically send out help.
That's the automated press response system.
Now, the way that OnStar knows where you are is because the FMV has a built in GPS receiver.
It can even give you turn by turn directions to a destination
that's been pushed to your car even by an OnStar concierge or through an online Google maps interface.
The OnStar is gonna retail for about $299, but you're gonna have to have it professionally installed.
So, go ahead [unk] about 100 more bucks then for labor.
After that, you're also gonna need subscription to the OnStar service, which is about $19 a month or 200 bucks a year.
I've been Antuan Goodwin, you're taking a look at the OnStar FMV universal OnStar receiver.
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