2013 OnStar Details


With technology features, the new versions usually only include an upgraded software and that’s it. But the new version of the OnStar system to be found on most 2013 GM models, also has a new look for its three buttons.

While the new buttons are cool, it’s what’s behind the button that is most impressive. 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. So you get new look SOS, OnStar and Voice Activation buttons.

What’s more, 2013 Camaro models will get touch-screen access on the sports car’s frameless mirror that pays homage to both the classic Camaros and today’s tech-savvy driver. The OnStar buttons on the Camaro mirror have  electrochromic capabilities, which allow the buttons to light up when touched and dim shortly afterwards.

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Further details in the press release below:

Voice Command Button

The button previously dubbed the “Hands-Free Calling button” – a white phone with a circle around it – is now the “Voice Command button,” featuring a general speech icon. The new button allows for more than just placing or receiving hands-free phone calls. It allows drivers to access a saved route; check Hands-Free Calling minutes or access OnStar Virtual Advisor, which includes saved MapQuest directions or traffic, weather and stock updates. And it will still allow a driver to place or receive a phone call.

“Many drivers are unaware of all that OnStar has to offer,” said McKibbon. “We feel this new look will better shows the breadth of our voice-based services.”

The Voice Command button also better integrates with infotainment systems like Chevrolet MyLink, Cadillac CUE and Buick/GMC IntelliLink. These touch-screen infotainment systems offer access to OnStar’s voice command services by pressing the same logo featured on the Voice Command button. Pressing this logo on the infotainment screen or pressing it on the rearview mirror will access these service options on the screen or through voice commands.

Emergency Button

The Emergency button, previously represented by a white cross embedded in a red circle, is now the internationally recognized “SOS” symbol, reflective of OnStar’s upcoming expansion into new global markets. The white cross does not always represent an emergency, depending on the country. 

“As we continue to expand, we want to make sure that our product and our service stay consistent throughout all markets,” said Terry Inch, vice president, Sales, Marketing and New Business Development. “Emergency service is a staple of OnStar and that’s why we moved to a globally recognizable symbol.”

OnStar and GM researched proposals across many different countries to identify the appropriate universal symbol.

OnStar Button

The blue OnStar button, which serves as the emblem for the 16-year-old telematics company, switched to the company’s new logo which was introduced in late 2010.

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