General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

October 09, 2007 11:03 ET

GM and OnStar Create Innovative Technology to Help Save Lives

New capability to assist OnStar subscribers and public safety officials in stolen vehicle cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - General Motors (GM) and OnStar demonstrated today a powerful technology that will gradually and safely slow down a stolen vehicle. This new prototype technology, known as Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, is the latest enhancement to OnStar's stolen vehicle service.

OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown will allow advisors working with law enforcement services to send a signal to limit fuel flow to the engine, gradually slowing down the stolen vehicle and protecting innocent bystanders and police from potential injuries resulting from a dangerous high speed pursuit.

"OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is a powerful tool that could help prevent high speed police pursuits," said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service, and marketing. "This innovative technology can help save lives, aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles and make our roadways safer for everyone."

Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is an enhancement to OnStar's Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses Global Positioning Technology to pinpoint the location of a vehicle reported stolen. OnStar receives approximately 700 Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance requests from subscribers a month, and has helped in 28,000 requests over the past decade. Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is powered by Onstar's newest generation of hardware (Generation 8), and it will be available on nearly 1.7 million Model Year (MY) 2009 vehicles.

The process for Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is:

- Once the vehicle has been reported stolen to law enforcement, the subscriber can call OnStar and request Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.

- OnStar will use real-time GPS technology to attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen vehicle and provide this information to law enforcement to help them recover the vehicle.

- When law enforcement has established a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement may request OnStar to slow it down remotely.

- Safeguards are in place to ensure that the correct vehicle is slowed down.

- OnStar then sends a remote signal to the vehicle, slowing it down gradually.

Research has shown that 95 percent of OnStar subscribers want the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service available on their cars and trucks. In addition, OnStar continues to rank as one of the top reasons why customers purchase GM vehicles. OnStar subscribers have the choice to opt-out of the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service at any time if they prefer not to have this capability on their vehicle. This will not affect the rest of their OnStar services.

"From its inception, the motivation behind OnStar has been the safety and security of our subscribers and others on the road," said Chet Huber, OnStar president. "Every service we add builds on this original promise. The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service will allow our subscribers added peace of mind by possibly preventing their vehicle from being used as an instrument of harm if it happens to be stolen."

OnStar's Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is a GM-exclusive feature in the U.S. and Canada and will be included in the complimentary one year OnStar subscription customers receive when they purchase a qualifying MY 2009 OnStar-equipped vehicle. OnStar's suite of services also includes Advanced Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Services, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Crisis Assist, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Hands Free Calling and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics. For more information regarding OnStar's services, please visit www.onstar.com.

About General Motors of Canada

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles - more than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, GMCL employs more than 19,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 743 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

About OnStar by GM

OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and communication services. OnStar is available on more than 50 MY 2008 GM models and includes one year of service. One year of OnStar will become standard on nearly all GM retail vehicles in the United States and Canada by the end of 2007. OnStar provides services to more than 5 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.ca

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