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How OnStar Works

Its critics call the popular telematics service "Big Brother" and claim that it can lead to an invasion of privacy. Explore the technology behind OnStar and learn about the controversy.

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  • 10 Car Features We Wish Came Standard

    10 Car Features We Wish Came Standard

    Everyone wants a loaded car, but it's expensive to get all the options. You have to pay extra, sometimes a lot extra -- like buying-a-whole-Bentley extra -- to get the coolest of the cool bits. See more »

  • 5 Useful Voice-activated Commands for Your Car

    5 Useful Voice-activated Commands for Your Car

    If you've got the right gadgets, you can already use voice commands to control things like your GPS and phone from the driver's seat. How close are we to voice activation as an affordable car option -- and what we will we say when we have it? See more »

  • Can you stream online music to your car?

    Can you stream online music to your car?

    These days, the majority of the music we listen to is streamed from the Internet and stored on our computers and smartphones. But is there a way we can access online music in our cars and trucks? See more »

  • Can you sync your smartphone with your car?

    Can you sync your smartphone with your car?

    Is it possible to talk to your car the way Michael Knight talked to KITT on "Knight Rider"? Perhaps so, if you learn how to sync your smartphone with your Trans Am. See more »

  • How Adaptive Headlights Work

    How Adaptive Headlights Work

    Car accidents occur often at night, and part of the reason might be that your headlights just aren't good enough. Adaptive headlights alleviate the visibility problems you experience every time you take the car out after dark. See more »

  • How Air-Conditioned Seats Work

    How Air-Conditioned Seats Work

    Did you know that if your car didn't come from the factory with refrigerated seats, there are several manufacturers that would be happy to sell you air-conditioned seat cushions? See more »

  • How can you find the cheapest gas while driving?

    How can you find the cheapest gas while driving?

    Filling up the tank still hurts, especially while on a road trip. So how can you do it without breaking the bank? See more »

  • How can you use in-car Internet?

    How can you use in-car Internet?

    In a world that seems hyperconnected already, are cars the next things to go wired with Internet access? See more »

  • How Car Alarms Work

    How Car Alarms Work

    They beep wail and some yell at you (yes yell!). Auto alarms are complex these days with sensors that set off the siren before a potential thief even touches the car. Learn all about car alarms. See more »

  • How Convertibles Work

    How Convertibles Work

    Warmer weather means convertible season -- ever wonder what's behind that thrilling ride? How is it that a car can go from everyday coupe to sporty convertible at the push of a button? Find out. See more »

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