General Motor said it will make remote start and remote door lock/unlock from a smartphone a standard feature on many 2014 vehicles models for a five year free period.
The service will be available at no charge—even if you do not subscribe to OnStar–through the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App for 5 years from the time the app is downloaded to a smartphone. The cars must be OnStar equipped, but again, the user need not pay for OnStar to get the convenience features. .
Thirty-six OnStar-ready 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models work with the RemoteLink app.
Remote start is the most popular remote service by current users of the RemoteLink Mobile App, said GM.
“We know our customers value remote services,” said Mary Chan, President GM Global Connected Consumer. “GM owners request remote door unlock assistance through OnStar more than 60,000 times each month, so it makes sense for us to offer RemoteLink Key Fob Services to enable customers to lock, unlock or start their vehicle from anywhere they have a wireless or cellular connection.”
Once a customer takes delivery of an eligible car, he can download the app to get the 5-year free service.