GM redesigns OnStar buttons in 2013 vehicles
DETROIT -- General Motors has redesigned the OnStar buttons in 2013 vehicles to better reflect software updates, the company said today.
The voice command button -- once called the hands-free calling button -- now has a general speech icon instead of a white phone with a circle around it.
In addition to placing/receiving hands-free calls, the button now enables users to access a saved route, check hands-free calling minutes and use OnStar Virtual Advisor, which includes saved MapQuest directions or traffic as well as weather and stock updates.
The voice command button also will better integrate with infotainment systems such as Chevrolet MyLink, Cadillac CUE and Buick/GMC IntelliLink, GM said.
The emergency button now has an internationally known SOS symbol instead of a white cross embedded in a red circle. The SOS button is “reflective of OnStar’s upcoming expansion into new global markets,” the company said.
Meanwhile, the OnStar button switched to the telematics company’s new logo, which was unveiled in 2010.
“The buttons were changed for a few different reasons, but one was to better reflect the software updates that have gone into this current generation of OnStar,” Douglas McKibbon, engineering group manager, OnStar Hardware, said in a statement.
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