GM announced that its OnStar service will begin to offer a ‘car diagnostic’ service via email. The email will include details on the status of your engine, transmission, airbags, brakes and other components. But, according to the article it won’t report on

mechanical problems or predict situations that are about to change in a vehicle. The service will only be available on GM vehicles to drivers who request the reports. 

OnStar will soon be offered as a standard, with one year free service starting on 2007-08 models. Monthly cost for the service starts at $16.95.

This surely is a good way to hook the user. If they stop getting the diagnostic emails, they may think their is greater chance for their car to break, and hence their reason to continue to pay $16.95/month.

OnStar customers should expect to receive the ‘emails’ this week.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."