from the think-outside-the-box dept.
Makarand writes "According to this Mercury News article users of GM's OnStar system
are finding that they can modify their OnStar unit to make it work with commercially
available mapping software after disconnecting it from the OnStar network. Websites
and message boards are rife with step-by-step instructions to personalize OnStar's navigational and communications components. When a driver requests directions from OnStar his GPS data is routed over an analog cellular network to OnStar computers and the directions are read back to the driver on the same network. The price for this service is around $400 each year. Those who tap into their OnStar systems pay no such fees."
"All the people are so happy now, their heads are caving in. I'm glad they
are a snowman with protective rubber skin"
-- They Might Be Giants