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    GM and OnStar Create Technology to Help Save Lives

    GM and OnStar Create Technology to Help Save Lives

    New capability to assist OnStar subscribers and public safety officials
    in stolen vehicle cases


    WASHINGTON D.C. (October 9, 2007) – General Motors (GM) and OnStar demonstrated today a prototype technology that can help OnStar further assist in the safe recovery of our subscribers’ stolen vehicles and reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from police chases. This new technology, known as Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, is the latest enhancement to OnStar’s stolen vehicle service and can allow OnStar advisors working with law enforcement to send a signal to a subscriber’s stolen vehicle to reduce engine power slowing the vehicle down gradually.

    “From its inception, the motivation behind OnStar has been the safety and security of our subscribers and others on the road,” said Chet Huber, OnStar president. “Every service we add builds on this original promise. The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service will allow our subscribers added peace of mind by possibly preventing their vehicle from being used as an instrument of harm if it happens to be stolen.”

    According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, about 30,000 police chases occur yearly and approximately 300 deaths occur as a result of those chases.

    “Technology should not just entertain us or make us more comfortable, it should make us safer,” said Nicole R. Nason, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “We applaud innovations such as the kind GM is embracing that will make our roads better, our passengers more protected and our drivers safer.”

    “We look forward to having technologies like Stolen Vehicle Slowdown available to aid our officers in apprehending suspected car thieves and keeping our officers, highways and citizens safe,” said David Hiller, national vice president, Fraternal Order of Police. “Since 1996, OnStar has assisted the law enforcement community by helping to locate stolen vehicles.”

    Powered by OnStar’s newest generation of hardware (Generation 8), GM will make Stolen Vehicle Slowdown available on nearly 1.7 million Model Year (MY) 2009 vehicles. GM’s largest division, Chevrolet, will be leading the way, making up for more than 60 percent of the total vehicles equipped with this new technology.

    “Chevrolet aims to provide customers with more than they expect, and services like Stolen Vehicle Slowdown continue to add even more value to Chevy cars and trucks,” said Ed Peper, general manager, Chevrolet. “Stolen Vehicle Slowdown will not only benefit GM and Chevy customers, but virtually everyone on the road.”

    Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is an enhancement to OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which the company has offered to its subscribers since 1996. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance uses Global Positioning Satellite technology to pinpoint the location of a vehicle that has been reported stolen. OnStar provides the location to law enforcement to assist with the vehicle’s recovery. OnStar receives approximately 700 Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance requests from subscribers a month. The company has helped in 28,000 requests over the past decade.

    “The IAFC sees this technology as an opportunity to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome for all involved in such dangerous road situations,” said Chief Steven P. Westermann, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs. “On behalf of all firefighters, we appreciate the research and commitment of General Motors to tackle these issues and come up with a safe solution.”

    The process for Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is:
    • Once the vehicle has been reported stolen to law enforcement, the subscriber can call OnStar and request Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. OnStar will confirm the subscriber has not opted out of the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service.
    • OnStar will use real-time GPS technology to attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen vehicle and provide this information to law enforcement to help them recover the vehicle.
    • When law enforcement has established a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement may request OnStar to slow it down remotely.
    • Safeguards will be in place to ensure that the correct vehicle is slowed down.
    • OnStar then sends a remote signal to the vehicle that interacts with the Powertrain system to reduce engine power which will slow the vehicle down gradually.
    Research has shown that 95 percent of OnStar subscribers want the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service available on their cars and trucks. OnStar subscribers have the choice to opt-out of the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service at any time by contacting OnStar if they prefer not to have this capability on their vehicle. This will not affect the rest of their OnStar services.

    OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is a GM-exclusive feature in the U.S. and Canada and will be included in the one year OnStar subscription that customers receive when purchasing an eligible MY 2009 OnStar-equipped vehicle. OnStar’s suite of services also includes Advanced Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Services, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Crisis Assist, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Hands Free Calling and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics. For more information regarding OnStar’s services, please visit www.onstar.com.


    About GM
    General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and communication services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

    About OnStar by GM
    OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and communication services. OnStar is available on more than 50 MY 2008 GM models and includes one year of service. One year of OnStar will become standard on nearly all GM retail vehicles in the United States and Canada by the end of 2007. OnStar provides services to more than 5 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.

    About Chevrolet
    Chevrolet is one of America's most well-known and successful automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. In addition, Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $9,995 to $52,000. Chevy has more vehicles than any other manufacturer that provide more than 30 mpg. Offering dynamic yet timeless designs, Chevy owners demand great looks that don't go out of style, high performance per dollar, and features expected in more expensive vehicles.

    Chevrolet's global headquarters is at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. For more information, go to www.chevy.com. For an up close look at Chevy's activities at the Essence Music Festival, click on www.chevynation.com.

    About the Fraternal Order of Police
    The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 324,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. They are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. They are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.


    About the International Association of Fire Chiefs

    Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters internationally. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search & rescue, and public safety legislation.

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    Re: GM and OnStar Create Technology to Help Save Lives

    1. What is Stolen Vehicle Slowdown?

    Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is the newest enhancement to OnStarís stolen vehicle service that is expected to help reduce the risk of serious injuries, fatalities or property damages resulting from high speed chases involving stolen vehicles.

    This new technology allows OnStar to send a signal to a subscriberís stolen vehicle to remotely limit fuel flow to the engine which will slow the vehicle down gradually. The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service is another example of OnStarís continued commitment to unparalleled subscriber security and public safety.

    OnStar Advisors can activate Stolen Vehicle Slowdown once the subscribers have reported their vehicle stolen and law enforcement at the scene verify the identity and location of the stolen vehicle and confirm that conditions are safe.

    2. How does Stolen Vehicle Slowdown work?

    Using the in-vehicle communications link, the OnStar Advisor can remotely connect with the stolen vehicle and send a slowdown signal to the vehicleís OnStar system. The OnStar system then interacts with the Powertrain system to limit fuel flow to the engine which will slow the vehicle down gradually. Pressing on the accelerator during the slowdown process will not increase the vehicle speed, but all other vehicle systems will remain fully operational (i.e. power steering, brakes, etc).

    3. When will Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service be available, and on what models?

    Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service will be available on select 2009 model year (MY) GM vehicles that begin production in the mid-year 2008. More than 1.6 million 2009 MY GM vehicles will have this capability, with Chevrolet accounting for approximately two thirds of the volume. Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is not available on any 2008 MY or older GM vehicles.

    4. Why is OnStar limiting Stolen Vehicle Slowdown to stolen vehicles only?

    OnStar already provides millions of its subscribers with its Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance service by using real-time GPS technology to attempt to locate an OnStar equipped vehicle when it has been reported stolen. Through Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance service, OnStar has helped authorities recover thousands of stolen vehicles.

    Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is an enhancement of our existing stolen vehicle services that presents significant societal benefits by reducing the risk of injuries, fatalities and property damages resulting from police pursuits involving stolen vehicles.

    In stolen vehicle situations, OnStar knows whether the vehicle has the right equipment enabled and law enforcement has already been involved by the subscriber. The technology is impractical for use in other situations due to the time required for OnStar to assure itself that it can slow the vehicle down and that all necessary protections are in place.

    5. Can a subscriber ask OnStar to slow down their own vehicle or someone elseís vehicle?

    OnStar will only slow a vehicle down in response to law enforcementís request if a stolen vehicle report has been filed by the subscriber and proper authorizations and verifications have been met.

    6. Will Stolen Vehicle Slowdown be an added cost to an OnStar subscription?

    There is no additional cost to subscribers associated with Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. This service is included in both the Safe & Sound and Directions & Connections plans. One year of Safe and Sound Service comes standard with the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. For additional information on OnStarís available service plans, please visit OnStar.com.

    7. How can OnStar subscribers opt out if they decide they donít want their vehicle to have Stolen Vehicle Slowdown?

    Stolen Vehicle Slowdown vehicles will be introduced on a limited list of 2009 MY GM vehicles. These vehicles start production in the middle of 2008. At that time, subscribers can request that Stolen Vehicle Slowdown be disabled on their vehicle. To do so, the subscriber must either press the blue OnStar button in their vehicle or contact OnStar with proper account verification and ask that the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service be disabled. Disabling Stolen Vehicle Slowdown will not affect any of their other OnStar services.

    8. What is the process for activating Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and how long will it take after an OnStar subscriber reports the vehicle stolen?

    The following is the process for activating Stolen Vehicle Slowdown for vehicles equipped with OnStar that have an active OnStar account where the subscriber has not opted out of Stolen Vehicle Slowdown:
    • Once the vehicle has been reported stolen to law enforcement, the subscriber can call OnStar and request Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.
    • OnStar will use real-time GPS technology to attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen vehicle and provide this information to law enforcement to help them recover the vehicle.
    • When law enforcement has established a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement may request OnStar to slow it down remotely.
    • Safeguards will be in place to ensure that the correct vehicle is slowed down.
    • OnStar then sends a remote signal to the vehicle that interacts with the Powertrain system to limit fuel flow to the engine which will slow the vehicle down gradually.

    Although the time for this complete process will vary, the vehicle will begin to slow within seconds of the OnStar Advisor sending the slowdown signal to the vehicle.

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