General Motors, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC) and OnStar announced are establishing a telematics joint venture called Shanghai OnStar Telematics Company Limited. This is OnStar’s first venture outside of North America in its 11-year history.
The Shanghai-based joint venture will provide a range of OnStar’s in-vehicle safety, security and communication services similar to those currently available in the United States and Canada, including advanced automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlock, hands-free calling, vehicle diagnostics and turn-by-turn navigation.
Shanghai OnStar Telematics expects to begin rolling out its services in 2009, initially for vehicles manufactured and distributed in China by Shanghai GM.
OnStar, a subsidiary of General Motors, and Shanghai Automotive Industry Sales Co. Ltd. (SAISC), a subsidiary of SAIC, each own 40% of Shanghai OnStar Telematics. Shanghai GM, a 50-50 joint venture of GM and SAIC, owns the remaining 20%.