OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Service Pays Off

GM’s OnStar recently paid off for a California resident. Some 2009 and newer model year GM vehicles have the option of OnStar’s advanced service – Stolen Vehicle Slowdown.

According to OnStar, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown “gives our subscribers added security by allowing OnStar Advisors, who work with law enforcement, to send a signal to the stolen vehicle to gradually slow it down. The service is also expected to help reduce the risk of property damage, serious injuries or fatalities resulting from high-speed pursuits of stolen vehicles.” (See OnStar’s video explanation on how this service works.)

MSNBC reported that the thief’s plan was foiled when OnStar disabled the vehicle remotely during the chase.

Technological devices like OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Service is not only a service to customers, but also to police that are charged with chasing and arresting the carjackers. By eliminating the need for high speed chases, lives are being saved.

To learn how OnStar works, check out this HowStuffWorks.com article.

When do you think all vehicles will have this technology?

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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