In-Car Tech

OnStar adds fleet telematics solution for managers and drivers

Fleet managers can access their vehicles' information from a desktop or laptop computer, or a tablet.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

Ford Commercial Solutions already offered connected fleet telematics insights to owners and now General Motors is getting in on the game with OnStar Vehicle Insights. The software solution has just become available and relays real-time vehicle data.

"We listened to our fleet customers' feedback and have created a turnkey telematics solution," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. "OnStar Vehicle Insights helps simplify the fleet management process, allowing our fleet customers, large and small, to save time and money."

OnStar Insights screen SUV truck car Chevrolet Cadillac GMC OnStar Insights allows fleet managers to have the tools that they need at their fingertips.Photo courtesy of General Motors

The OnStar system features a number of insights designed to give business owners and fleet managers a better understanding of their fleet's operational efficiency.

Features include:

  • Vehicle Locator - View the location of all fleet vehicles in real time.
  • Vehicle Health - View vehicle mileage, oil life and fuel efficiency, as well as receive preventative service prompts and maintenance notifications.
  • Driver Performance - View driver behaviors and trips taken, and receive safety alerts around specific events, like exceeding a specified speed limit.
  • Business Insights - View a simplified performance dashboard that aggregates data and presents trends that are helpful for business operation.

There are also a number of tools available:

  • Remote Commands - Lock, unlock and remote start a vehicle from the OnStar Vehicle Insights website instead of waiting on a locksmith.
  • Trip Summaries - Maintain and reference trip history in an organized manner.
  • Driving Performance - Drivers can view their driving behaviors, like hard-braking events, as well as their driver performance score, so they are aware of any behaviors that need improvement.

"This is just the beginning for OnStar Vehicle Insights," said Michelle Calloway, head of OnStar Vehicle Insights, GM Global Innovation. "We plan to expand our service offerings over time, including the addition of mixed fleet compatibility, so even more customers will have the ability to experience the benefits of our telematics solution in the future."

OnStar Insights fleet management software GMC Chevrolet Cadillac Fleet mangers can see what their vehicles are doing at any time.Photo courtesy of General Motors

OnStar Vehicle Insights is compatible with most 2015 model year and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. This does not include the Volt, City Express vans, Low Cab Forward Trucks, and GM vehicles built without OnStar hardware including some base Chevrolet and GMC truck models.

OnStar Vehicle Insights costs $15.99 per vehicle, per month. No long term contract is required. The cost does not include OnStar emergency or security services.

Chevrolet Suburban Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood & Highland

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame features over 2,600 stars and for the first time, one of those stars includes the name of a vehicle, the Chevrolet Suburban. The SUV was awarded an Award of Excellence star near those of Sylvester Stallone, Liberace, Charlie Chaplin, Janis Joplin, Julie Andrews, and auto enthusiasts Jay Leno and Tim Allen.

This year, the Chevrolet Suburban is celebrating its 85th birthday and its 67-year Hollywood career.

Scicario Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans are often used in films like "Scicario" to transport government agents. The same is true in real life.Courtesy of Lions Gate Films Inc.

"For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood's longest-working actor," said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. "Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it's impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends."

The Suburban has played a roll in over 1,750 films beginning in 1952 (at least one per year since 1960). It has also been featured in at least one TV show per year since 1956. More than 30 award-nominated films have featured a Suburban.

John Wick The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe are often seen playing the roll of transporter for the good or bad team - and sometimes both in the same film. Here, the Tahoe is involved in a confrontation with Keanu Reeves' character in "John Wick".Courtesy of Lions Gate Films Inc.

Since the Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced in 1995, it has played a roll as well. Together, the Tahoe and Suburban have appeared in more than 2,500 films and television shows. Since 1995, the Tahoe has appeared in at least one film and television show every year.

According to Tim Kozub, design manager for Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, their on-screen persona also influenced the all-new Suburban and Tahoe, which will be unveiled later this month: "This is a great example of how life and art influence each other. The popularity of Suburban and Tahoe in film was first inspired by the real-life roles they played in the military, in law enforcement and family trips around the world. Today, their role in Hollywood inspired the design of the all-new models, as we integrated the sense of capability, action, and importance associated with Suburban and Tahoe on screen."

The Chevrolet Suburban's star is located at Hollywood & Highland.

A Finland-based company is now selling high-end custom key fobs.

Photo courtesy of Awain

For when the common key fob just isn't enough, there's the Awain car key. Described by the brand as "The most exclusive car key," Alain's key fobs offer everything from a brushed titanium and anodized blue silver car key to a fob encrusted with 34.5 carats in trillion and round cut diamond.

"When I was a motor journalist, I noticed that most luxury and supercar keys were fairly non- descript and made of plastic," said Jalmari Mattila, CEO, Awain. "They didn't have the same craftsmanship or finesse as the cars they powered, which seemed like such a shame. So, with that in mind, I enlisted the help of designer Leevi Markkula and watchmaker Joakim Jokela to help me create a really beautifully crafted, bespoke and incredibly luxurious key. After two years of honing and perfecting the technical and aesthetic design, Awain and our exclusive line of keys were born."

Awain key fob custom Some models have leather and metal accents while others feature diamonds.Photo courtesy of Awain

The company offers two collections of fobs with three car keys to choose from within each collection. Grand Prix Collection models are lower end models that are named after historic race circuits: Monaco, Spa, and Suzuka. Those three models are available in eight different leather and stitching colors. The design of the keys in this collection are more understated than the others that Awain offers.

Quantum, Serenity, and Phantom models are higher-end and feature diamond designs. The Quantum model has just 345 diamonds totaling 3.6 carats in diamond while the top Phantom fob has 34.5. Serenity models have 1,250 diamonds. Buyers are offered their choice of five inner colors for their fob and Quantum buyers have three metals to choose from as well.

Awain key fob diamonds Phantom The Phantom model is a hand-customized creation that has its price tag top $500,000.Photo courtesy of Awain

The Finland-based company touts the fobs as a, "functional work of art" and describes its production process as "badass craftsmanship." Grand Prix Collection keys take the company's Nordic craftsmen upwards of 20 hours to create by hand. The more expensive Prestige Collection models take upwards of 100 hours.

Prices for the pieces range from around $11,000 to upwards of $554,000 per key.

As if the price isn't limiting enough, the brand messaging on Awain's website describes the fobs as for, "an exclusive group of true global elites." If you have to ask if you qualify, you probably don't.