I was thrilled to be chosen by BlogHer and OnStar to try out the new OnStar FMV in my Jaguar! (and you get a chance to get something too...there is a giveaway at the bottom of this post)
Everyone that knows me knows I love cars and I really love my Jaguar! It's even better now that I have OnStar in it!
OnStar FMV (FMV = For My Car) is an aftermarket rear view mirror that you can buy at Best Buy or any other place that sells them. They hook you up with a professional installer and then you are set!
Navigation: I already had a little GPS thing that I attach to my windshield...that thing has had me driving in circles more than once. I also didn't like it because I would have to input the address before I left the house...this process took at least 5 minutes! I also have an iPhone and I've pulled my car over before to check out the maps app to see where I was. Now, with my OnStar FMV I just hit a button and tell the very friendly OnStar adviser where I want to go and she sets up turn-by-turn navigation for me! It is so nice and I love anything that is simple and saves me time!
Hands-Free Calling: This is one of the best features for me. It's illegal to be on a cellphone in California unless it's hands free! I paired up my iPhone with my OnStar and now all I have to do is push a button and tell my mirror who to call! Right away, I called all my friends and family...everyone said the same thing..."It sounds like you are on your phone!" "It's so clear!" "There is no echo, or tunnel sound!". I could hear them perfectly too! I love this feature!
Roadside Assistance: If I break down on the road, all I have to do is hit a button and they will send someone out to help. If I need gas, a tow truck, or I get locked out of my vehicle, they send someone to help. No more looking for my AAA card then looking for my cellphone to call them!
Automatic Crash Response: If I'm involved in an accident, a built in sensor will detect it. OnStar is automatically alerted! Years ago I was involved in an accident where I blacked out for just a few seconds upon impact. When I came to I was so shaken up that just digging through my purse to find my cellphone was hard! The 911 operator asked me where I was...I knew what road I was on but I had no idea where I was on that road. They were asking me the nearest intersection and I couldn't even tell them that! OnStar knows your location! This Auto Crash Response feature really gives me peace of mind!
I've only been using my OnStar FMV a few days but I already love it. I'm always taking road trips around Northern California...Napa, Santa Cruz, Carmel, Monterey, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe... It will be so nice to just hit a button and tell them where we want to go to and get turn-by-turn directions! I already know that I will definitely be renewing this each year!
Do I love it? YES!!!! Would I recommend it to my friends! YES!
I would be buying one for my daughter for Christmas but unfortunately her car is not one that is compatible but most are. I think this product would be a wonderful gift!
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