OnStar and StabiliTrak to become standard on GM vehicles
OnStar, a satellite-based communications system, offers features such as alerting emergency services when air bags deploy, assisting authorities in locating stolen vehicles and remotely unlocking doors when keys are left inside. The fast-track expansion of OnStar-equipped vehicles will begin this year and will be completed in 2007. Electronic stability control is already standard on many GM full-size SUVs and will expand to midsize SUVs this year. Remaining GM SUVs and vans will have StabiliTrak standard by the end of 2007. It will be standard on all GM cars and trucks sold to retail customers by the end of 2010. As enablers of electronic stability control, antilock brakes and traction control will also become standard. StabiliTrak helps a driver maintain vehicle control during challenging or unexpected driving conditions, such as ice, snow, wet pavement and emergency lane changes or avoidance maneuvers. "These moves are consistent with GM's continuing effort to strengthen its brands, build on our history of innovation and leverage our global capabilities," GM North America president Gary Cowger told GM dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention. "Only GM offers a full range of cars, trucks and SUVs that provide safety protection before, during and, thanks to OnStar, after a crash," he said. GM began offering OnStar services and StabiliTrak in 1997 and has more than three million OnStar subscribers and two million Electronic stability control-equipped vehicles on the road.