General Motors' OnStar in-vehicle communications system will add two functions, Virtual Advisor and Personal Calling, for the 2001 model year. Also for 2001, OnStar will be standard or part of a trim package on 31 GM models. A year's subscription to OnStar will be included in the price of the vehicle. Here's what the new functions do:
Virtual Advisor: Voice-activated access to e-mail and reports on national news, sports, weather and stocks. Customers can program Virtual Advisor through a Web site.
Personal Calling: Voice-activated access to the Verizon cellular phone network. Customers will be charged by the minute for their phone calls.