OnStar Guardian is GM’s safety and security feature suite designed to reduce driving stress. Now, the company announces that you don’t actually need to own a GM to take advantage of the features provided. In the U.S. and Canada, anyone with a compatible iPhone or Android device can subscribe to use the service. GM said the launch is part of its commitment to "focus on opportunities beyond auto sales."
If you don’t have a GM vehicle, you’ll need to sign up for a standalone subscription plan, available through the app. After a 30-day free trial, users can pay $15 per month, and can even share the subscription with up to seven family members. For that, your phone will monitor for car crashes (and raise the alarm should it detect an incident), offer roadside assistance and location tracking. This is backed by OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors, who can call you and help you out of whatever jam you find yourself in.
OnStar has been a fixed device in the field of General Motors transportation for some time, and the company's security concierge service has been well received. The company launched a standalone mobile application last summer to provide users with six months of free registration services. Of course, in an era of declining car ownership, opening up to every driver, regardless of the vehicle, will help improve GM's bottom line.