One of the cool things about ride sharing is that the service allows you to track your driver’s progress as he or she approaches the pick-up location. This amenity soothes the anxiety of waiting by making it easy to figure out if your ride’s almost there.
General Motors (GM) has just rolled out an app-based feature that offers similar functionality. It’s called Vehicle Locate, and it’s available to owners of eligible 2012 model-year or newer Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles.
With the Vehicle Locate app, you can pinpoint the location of the connected vehicle on a map. It also allows users to set up boundary areas that can span a 20-mile radius or be limited to a specific address. If the connected vehicle enters on leaves that area, the app will send a text-message alert, and it can be configured to notify up to 10 people.
This app makes it easy for family members and friends to keep each other informed of their whereabouts. It can let you know how far away a spouse is on the commute home from work. And it makes it easy for parents to monitor the activity of their teen drivers.
“Vehicle Locate provides both drivers and their loved ones with peace of mind in a variety of different drive-related scenarios,” says Alejandra Gonzalez, General Motors’ product manager of Remote Services.
This service is offered via the owner’s vehicle app for each of GM’s brands, and it takes the place of the company’s web-based Family Link feature.
Vehicle Locate is part of GM’s Remote Access plan. This plan also offers app-based features such as on-demand vehicle diagnostics and an amenity that allows you to start, stop or unlock your vehicle using just your smartphone.