Around 20 years ago, the onstar system would have someone phone the police. Dispatch would 1st tell us where the crash was and if air bags deployed. Before we arrived we got color, make, model and if people were injured. The black box in the car would tell us and GM how fast they were traveling before and at impact, when brakes were used, seat belts used. I can imagine now they know more about you and where you go then your family.
I think they're all going to be looking at ways to up their bottom line. I see a back down coming from GM. Only when folks balk at buying their vehicles with the mandatory OnStar will you see any change.
"The auto industry is racing towards a future full of microtransactions"
I would tell them to shut it down permanently, remove it or they pay for it. As soon as they say "We can't do that", I get up and walk away and see what they say then. You know they will want the "subscription" paid by automatic deduction from your bank account. Billing to a CC won't work because you can tell the CC company to stop paying, then what would GM/On Star do - disable your vehicle? That would be a multimillion dollar lawsuit.
I drove GM products most of my life, worked in a GM dealership as a young guy. I will not purchase their automobiles, a pickup maybe. I have a 17 Ram and love it and the computer navigation and alert system is all optional for $400, one time fee. I said no. I am not going anywhere I can't figure out with my cell phone or regular map. I have no idea what GM is thinking, are they like Peloton?
I’m not entirely sure what the “nonsense” is. This is a “feature” they’ve added and built into the MSRP and NOT them forcing you into making monthly payments on a subscription. If I’m incorrect, somebody let me know please.
Do I think it’s a smart move on their part? Of course not. However, if you don’t like the feature of any product you are looking to purchase ….. go another direction.
Things like the locks on Ruger Single Actions and the keyhole lock on Smith revolvers come to mind. You can bet the cost of those were added into the retail price even if it didn’t hit the news media.