OnStar Planned To Collect Data From Vehicles

OnStar abandons plans to keep tracking vehicles after service cancelation and still hoped some departing customers would volunteer to maintain a connection so that it can provide former customers with urgent information about natural disasters and recalls affecting their vehicles. If OnStar loses out on boatloads of valuable data, at least the company won’t have to listen to Chuck Schumer’s public chastising any more and OnStar would have the capability to alert vehicle occupants about severe weather conditions such as tornado warnings or mandatory evacuations……………


OnStar announced it is reversing its proposed Terms and Conditions policy changes and will not keep a data connection to customers’ vehicles after the OnStar service is canceled. OnStar recently sent e-mails to customers telling them that effective Dec. 1, their service would change so that data from a customer vehicle would continue to be transmitted to OnStar after service was canceled – unless the customer asked for it to be shut off. “We realize that our proposed amendments did not satisfy our subscribers,” OnStar President Linda Marshall said. “This is why we are leaving the decision in our customers’ hands. We listened, we responded and we hope to maintain the trust of our more than 6 million customers.” If OnStar ever offers the option of a data connection after cancellation, it would only be when a customer opted-in, Marshall said. And then OnStar would honor customers’ preferences about how data from that connection is treated. Maintaining the data connection would have allowed OnStar to provide former customers with urgent information about natural disasters and recalls affecting their vehicles even after canceling their service. It also would have helped in planning future services, Marshall said. “We regret any confusion or concern we may have caused,” Marshall said.

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