Since the safety of talking and texting while driving has been highly publicized, we wonder how well received Facebook’ing while driving will be. Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors’ in-car safety system OnStar could receive a software update to allow Facebook integration as early as this month. Anonymous sources detail that the system would offer a speech-to-text function that would — presumably — allow you to post and comment to Facebook without typing. Analysts are claiming the OnStar “social upgrade” is an attempt to keep up with the well received Sync system designed by Microsoft and included in Ford vehicles. Bloomberg writes, “OnStar may begin offering entertainment and information services that link to a user’s smartphone without a subscription or fee.” OnStar declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg. More →
Saturn’s slogan is now “Rethink”, but it’s beginning to look like the GM-owned automaker is taking that sentiment in a completely different direction. After making an effort to rebrand the Saturn line and produce a variety of attractive vehicles, General Motors might pull the plug on the 23-year-old auto line. With rumors of bankruptcies and dealers going out of business (none of which were true), Saturn’s reputation has been taking some serious hits lately. It’s also no help that the US automotive industry is suffering and relying on the government for a bailout, so GM is going to strongly consider shutting down Saturn while it forms plans this week in terms of an impending reorg. We imagine it’s not going to be a tough decision since Saturn hasn’t been profitable for GM at all. Along with axing the celestial brand, the automotive giant is considering selling off the Saab line and turning Pontiac into a “niche” brand, much like Saturn is now. So, after several years of producing what seems to be like one or two models, Saturn now offers several decent vehicles: Astra, Outlook, Sky, Vue and Aura. Still, it has failed to gain any real popularity and is likely going to disappear forever. Is anyone actually going to miss it?
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