OnStar LiveOnAt CES 2011, Natali Morris takes a look at the OnStar LiveOn, a unit for emergency response.
-Hi! I'm Natali Morris with CNET. You're watching our coverage of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show taking a lot at the OnStar retail product. This is the same OnStar that you find pre-installed in GM vehicles, but now, you can get it in your own vehicle without buying a brand new car. It's been approved for 20 vehicles so far and they're going to continue to validate the vehicles until it launches, which is sometime in the spring. This product cost $299 and it comes with a cellphone embedded inside and that service is on Verizon. The reason you get something like this is for emergency response. So, in the back here, is 2 alcoholometers and they detect if there has been some sort of impact in your car. If it detects that that happens, it sends that information to the OnStar emergency response system. You can also do it yourself if there is some kind of emergency. It has this emergency system and you can use this for other types of emergencies like perhaps someone in your cars, having a health related emergency, or you see another emergency on the road. You can reach OnStar with this button. This is for a nonemergency and then this is a bluetooth receiver, which works with your own cellphone or the cellphone that comes within this if you say you forgot your cellphone or wanted to purchase minutes on this plan. This cost 299 to buy just the unit. You need to also pay a professional installer. You can do it yourself, but that is not really advisable since this is, after all, an emergency system. You'll start to see this in Best Buy stores and other electronic stores in the spring when this launches. It costs $299. You also wanna budget for a professional installation because they do not suggest that you install it yourself and then plan start at 1895 a month and you can get a discount if you buy them by the year. Again, I am Natali Morris for CNET and you've taken a first look at the OnStar retail system and you're watching our coverage of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.