GM Introduces OnStar-Powered Commercial Link Service
Fleet Tracking and Management Enabled By Telematics
General Motors was one of the earliest pioneers in vehicle telematics, well ahead of rivals in offering vehicle connectivity when many were questioning the need for it. Today, vehicle connectivity is one of the hottest areas of development in the automotive industry, encompassing everything from a mobile broadband hotspot to vehicle diagnostics, tracking, concierge-type convenience services, and more. To effectively utilize its vehicles built-in capabilities, GM is introducing Commercial Link, a vehicle diagnostics, tracking and reporting service aimed at fleet management.
Among the features included in Commercial Link are vehicle location, fuel consumption, speed monitoring, maintenance alerts, and expense reporting. The system can send alerts to the vehicle to notify the driver of maintenance needs or if it’s low on fuel. The service can be enabled on 2015 and newer model year GM vehicles equipped with OnStar 4G LTE for users with a current active OnStar account. The service is an additional $10 per vehicle per month and is billed and offered on a month-to-month basis. An accompanying OnStar mobile app for Android and iOS will be available summer 2016. Ford showcased its Ford Telematics system at last year’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, a newer iteration of its Ford Work Solutions system, which was first introduced in 2009.
Source: General Motors