Chicago Auto Show Unveils More Than New Cars With General Motors's OnStar

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Many owners of new GM vehicles may remember 2006 as the last year they ever got lost while driving, thanks to Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar by GM.

OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation allows consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers’ vehicles through their OnStar system. Audio directions are then automatically piped through the vehicle’s stereo as they are needed, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The service debuts in March on the 2006 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne, and on the Cadillac STS in the second quarter as part of the standard OnStar package. It will be available in about 1 million GM cars and trucks in the 2007 model year, and will be expanded further within the portfolio in 2008. Turn-by-Turn is the highlight of OnStar’s latest generation of in-vehicle hardware, its seventh in just 10 years.

GM introduced the first OnStar-equipped vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show 10 years ago.

"The key to our progress and growth has been to focus on services that matter to customers, not just early adopters, and to make them easy to understand and use," said Chet Huber, president of OnStar. "With OnStar Turn- by-Turn Navigation, we’re demystifying navigation technology to bring safe, simple GPS-based routing to the mass market at a fraction of the cost of other competitive alternatives."

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