FORD TO RIVAL GENERAL MOTORS ONSTAR WITH NEW SMARTALERT SYSTEM
It was only a few years ago that GM launched its OnStar monitoring system with the ability to arrange services through a concierge, call for help, and for your car to be tracked and monitored if stolen. But the most useful feature was the ability to have your car unlocked if you left the keys inside. Of course, this all came at a rather steep monthly or yearly fee.
Well now Ford has decided to join in on the game and launch its own rival to OnStar dubbed SmartAlert. This system will be sold in conjunction with the new Sync Infotainment system for between $700 and $1200 dollars, with a nominal monthly fee for service. See the attached article from my friends at Left Lane News for the full details.
So what do you think, is this a worthwhile service, or like OnStar, just another monthly expense for something you may rarely use. Leave your thoughts here, we want to know!Ford to offer OnStar-rivaling SmartAlertFord has announced that it will begin offering a new vehicle tracking service to rival General Motors' OnStar service. Dubbed SmartAlert, the system will be a dealer-installed option and will compliment Ford's Sync infotainment system.
SmartAlert will be available on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles and will use a GPS system to help locate stole vehicles. SmartAlert will use cellular networks to send the stolen vehicle's location to the proper authorities.
Also like OnStar, SmartAlert will be able to unlock the vehicle's doors through a call center or online interface. In the future, the technology will allow the car's owners to unlock the vehicle's doors via a cell phone.
SmartAlert will also offer parents a tracking option for teen-aged drivers. The system can alert parents by email or text message if the vehicle is being driven at an excessive speed.
According to Automotive News, installation and hardware for the SmartAlert system will cost between $700 and $1,200, with customers paying a subscription fee after that to keep the service.