Vancouver fire chief offers a snapshot of 2010

first_imgVancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina released the department’s 2010 performance statistics Monday. Here are a few key figures:Number of calls in 2010: 23,113.Number of medical calls: 18,811, or 78 percent of total call volume.Structure fire calls: 224.Percentage of urban/city calls answered within 5 minutes: 49 percent (down from 71 percent in 2009).Vancouver Fire-Arson Team arrest and conviction rate: 51 percent (up from 21.4 percent in 2009).Overtime costs: $1.33 million (down from $2.38 million in 2009).Last year was a “dynamic” one for the Vancouver Fire Department, its new chief said Monday as he released a snapshot of the department’s 2010 performance.Response times went up, while overtime costs went down. Two fast-response rescue units were pulled from duty, while a new station opened its doors.Arson convictions were nearly four times higher than the national average in 2010. Overtime costs dropped by 44 percent, but 24 firefighters and 11.5 full-time administrative staff are no longer working there.Facing budget cuts, Vancouver eliminated its two medical response-only units, which, along with a change in calculating response time, dropped the percentage of urban calls answered within 5 minutes from 71 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2010.“It was a very dynamic year,” Fire Chief Joe Molina told the Vancouver City Council on Monday night. “Rescue 3 (one of the medical response-only units) had a huge impact because Station 3 (in Vancouver Heights) is our busiest in the system.”last_img read more

Occupy Portland graffiti suspect misses court date

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old man arrested for spraying graffiti at the Occupy Portland protest has missed his court date.The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/mQCzVt) a court appearance for 21-year-old Nolan Zane MacGregor was rescheduled for Oct. 21 when he didn’t show up. MacGregor was arrested along with an unidentified 17-year-old friend for tagging phrases including “Occupy Portland” and “Wall Street Loves No One” on a number of buildings and a marked police car.Occupy Portland organizer Ivy Knight tells The Oregonian that she and other backers of the movement are trying to remove the paint.Demonstrators have camped out in Portland’s Chapman and Lownsdale squares to protest what they see as growing inequality between wealthy Americans and the middle class.last_img read more

Tbone crash blocks 192nd Avenue in east Vancouver

first_imgA major thoroughfare in east Vancouver was blocked Monday afternoon while emergency responders cleared a four-vehicle collision.The crash at Southeast First Street and Northeast 192nd Avenue was reported at 12:27 p.m. A car reportedly ran a red light, causing a T-bone collision, and then hit two other cars, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department.Three of the four vehicles were towed.Two ambulances were sent to the site and drove patients to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but no life-threatening injuries were reported, Kapp said.The road was blocked for about 45 minutes between Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast First Street, and C-Tran buses were temporarily rerouted.Names of drivers were not released.last_img

24 felt motivated at work in 2015

first_imgLess than a quarter (24%) of respondents felt motivated at work in 2015, according to research by Red Letter Days for Business.Its report, Employee motivation: Who came out on top in 2015?’, which is based on 2,006 responses from employees, also found that 34% of staff could not name a single occasion where they felt motivated at work last year.The research also found:Almost (46%) of respondents have neutral or negative feelings towards their job.Just 21% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 felt motivated at work last year, compared to 17% of respondents aged 45-55 and 39% of 25 to 34-year-olds.82% of those who felt motivated in 2015 received some form of reward or recognition.Around half (46%) of respondents who could choose whether they worked at home or in the office were highly engaged.45% of respondents cited a good work-life balance as a key motivator for them in 2015, and 16% of respondents found their workplace environment to be highly motivating.17% said that their boss is very good at saying thank you and keeping them motivated.Bill Alexander (pictured), chief executive officer of Red Letter Days for Business, said: “It’s worrying that only a small percentage of each age group could say ‘yes’ they feel motivated at work. What’s more worrying is how little 18-24 year olds are driven; this is our workforce of the future therefore employers need to do more to nurture this talent.“It’s concerning that such a large percentage of our workforces had difficulty naming a specific time when they felt driven. However, we must note that out of the employees who could remember an occasion the top responses fell into one of four categories: achieved, challenged, gained knowledge and recognised.“Employers who strive towards giving their staff the opportunities to experience these four elements throughout 2016 will no doubt benefit from an engaged and driven workforce.”last_img read more

REPORT University of Miami football players in trouble for getting free luxury

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The University of Miami has suspended one football player and is considering suspending another, as they investigate their use of luxury automobiles.Linebacker Juwon Young, number 51, has already been suspended by the school for apparently getting a free luxury car from a local car agency. Defensive Lineman Al Quadeen Muhammed, number 8, is also being investigated for getting a car from the same agency.Free gifts, such as cars, are a violation of NCAA rules. Sources said, Friday, that it is doubtful Young will be back with the team for the 2016 season.UM, still on probation from the NCAA for the Nevin Shapiro scandal, begins their season on Sept. 3. That game, the team’s first under new coach Mark Richt, is against Florida A&M University.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Previously missing NE MiamiDade man found safe

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police located an elderly man, Monday morning, who went missing from his Northeast Miami-Dade home.According to Miami-Dade Police, 77-year-old Jacques Louhidon walked away from his residence near Northeast 161st Street and Seventh Avenue last Friday. He did not contact any family members.Doctors said he suffers from memory loss and may have been confused.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Teen apologizes after attacking mother and son in Stuart home

first_imgSTUART, Fla. (WSVN) — The 19-year-old who allegedly broke into a Stuart home and attacked a 55-year-old woman and her son, Sunday, apologized as he was released from the hospital Tuesday.Nico Gallo is accused of smashing his body through the window of a Stuart home and attacking the mother and son. The pair fought back, hitting him with a baseball bat and holding him down until police arrived.The suspect, who told the victims he had taken flakka, apologized for his actions as he was released from the hospital, Tuesday, and taken to jail.When asked if he had any regrets, Gallo responded, “I do have regrets. I regret ever taking the drugs that I was on, and I regret breaking into that house, and I regret hurting those people.”Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to the victims, he said, “I’m dearly sorry.”Gallo faces burglary with assault charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 hospitalized after driver crashes into Northwest MiamiDade Church

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been taken to the hospital after a car crashed into a Northwest Miami-Dade church.The driver slammed into Church of God of Prophecy, near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 60th Street, Tuesday night.A person who was trapped in the vehicle was later taken to the hospital in unknown condition.Plywood could be spotted covering the hole left behind by the crash, Wednesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Rabies alert lifted for part of North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Health officials have lifted a rabies alert for part of North Miami Beach.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade made the announcement Friday. Officials said there hasn’t been another positive result for the disease in the area for two months.There was cause for concern after a cat tested positive on Oct. 16. The boundaries included Northeast 186th Street to the north, Royal Glades Canal to the south, West Dixie Highway to the east and Northeast 19th Avenue to the west.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Final preps lane closures on SR 836 ahead of new interchange opening

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are making final preparations on the Dolphin Expressway before a new interchange is set to open, and drivers will encounter detours on the roadway.The highway received a new paint job on Friday ahead of Monday’s opening of the “Diverging Diamond Interchange,” or DDI.The new traffic pattern is part of South Florida’s massive reconstruction project on State Road 836. Drivers will soon be able to cross over to the left or opposite side of the road under the Dolphin and Northwest 57th Avenue.As crews make final touches over the weekend, all lanes, entrance and exit ramps on Northwest 57th Avenue between Perimeter Road and Blue Lagoon Drive will be closed to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

PC Mag to Shutter Print Version Go AllDigital

first_imgSEE ALSO: Will the Print Axe Fall on Electronic Gaming, Too?Ziff Davis Media announced today that its flagship PC Magazine will no longer be published in print. The biweekly magazine carried a rate base of 700,000. Its January 2009 issue will be its last.As part of the shift, seven jobs were eliminated. The company will instead focus on its Web site, PCMag.com, and a newly-minted digital network. Ziff Davis employs about 140 employees on PC Mag, and 214 companywide. Ziff Davis Media CEO Jason Young said the move is “the final step in an evolutionary process that has been playing out over the last seven years.” In that time, Ziff Davis’ digital assets have had revenue growth 42 percent on average each year, he said. In 2008, its digital business will account for about 80 percent of profit and 70 percent of its revenue.”That’s how we’re different from a lot of noise that’s out there,” Young said. “We’re in a good position to make this move, when a lot of other publishers downsizing don’t have this kind of scale.”  The digital network—which includes the Web sites ExtremeTech, Good Clean Tech, Gearlog, DL.TV, Appscout and Cranky Geeks—averages about seven million unique monthly visitors—more than 10 times the circulation of the print publication, the company said.The magazine’s ad pages were down about 25 percent in 2008, Young said, although he claimed it was still profitable. Its total paid and verified circulation had slipped 8.8 percent during the first half of 2008, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Fas-Fax.When asked if he could ever envision print coming back, Young said, flatly, no. “That horse has left the barn in the tech category.” Check FOLIOmag.com throughout the day for updates to this story.last_img read more

Why Are Successful Magazines Folding

first_imgThe magazine “couldn’t reach our benchmarks.”“We cannot justify continued investment.”“We have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”Those are the respective reasons given when Rodale shuttered Best Life, Hallmark Cards killed Hallmark and Condé Nast folded Domino. The commonality among these magazines—besides that they are no longer being published—is that they were some of the few titles to deliver seemingly solid performances in 2008. Best Life’s ad pages increased 6.6 percent last year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau, and total circulation was up 6.1 percent, according FAS-FAX figures. Hallmark’s ad pages were up 11 percent and total circ skyrocketed 27.2 percent. While ad pages fell 4.1 percent last year at Domino, total circ soared 54.6 percent.It’s no secret that 2008 was a brutal year in magazines. On the consumer side, ad pages dropped 11.7 percent in 2008 when compared to 2007, according to PIB. Of the more than 230 magazines tracked only 42—or about 18 percent—saw ad pages increase for the year.So, why are publishers walking away from publications that appear to be growing? “The problem is the publishing model,” says University of Mississippi professor Samir Husni. “It’s one that’s served us well since World War II, when we switched from a circulation-driven publishing model to an advertising-driven model. That’s when magazines began counting numbers, not finding customers that actually count.”Some publishers, however, see oversaturation as a key reason magazines are going out of business. “Most publishers have the same problems as car dealers or home builders—that is, they have too much inventory and not enough buyers,” says Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton. “There are too many magazines, too many Web sites and too many conferences—and not enough advertising or marketing spending to support them. So just as stores close and auto dealerships disappear, media properties get shut down. It’s not really about costs or expectations, it’s about revenue, or lack thereof.”Tough DecisionsEven after cutbacks and layoffs, there’s no guarantee a magazine will survive. “We did see some great growth in terms of circ and ad pages but the business still fell short of our plan,” explains Hallmark spokesperson Julie O’Dell. “We looked at a number of business models and options but were not able to put together the type of structure we needed. It was not an easy decision, but we have to focus our efforts on our other products.”Another publisher, Sebastpol, California-based O’Reilly Media, said in February it would no longer publish the print edition of Craft, a 50,000-circulation quarterly which “saw some uptick in numbers” in the fourth quarter. “I don’t think it’s fair to say the print model is broken—at least not for Maker Media,” says associate publisher Dan Woods. “If you’ve been all but giving away the book and taking up a big chunk of your EBITDA and spending it on direct mail to build circ for advertisers, I can see that it’s hard to find a way out. On the other hand, those magazines that are built around blended business models that balance circulation and ad revenue seem to have a far better chance of coming through the storm prepared for growth.”Time for ChangeIn order for magazines to survive, Husni says, publishers need to stop “devaluing their content” by selling annual subscriptions for the price of (or less than) a single issue. One recent example of this is Condé Nast, which lowered Glamour’s subscription price to $1.50 in recognition of the magazine’s 70th anniversary.“The obsession with advertising was supposed to continue to buoy losses elsewhere and we’d continue to plod forward,” says TV Guide president Scott Crystal. “Well, it’s not. We need to charge consumers more for a better product and to take costs out of inflated rate bases. We’re all making tough decisions that should have been made a long time ago.”last_img read more

Digital Magazine Vendors

first_imgCerosLondon, UKwww.ceros.comDirxionFenton, MOwww.dirxion.comDMTmag.comTuscaloosa, AL www.digitalmagazinetechnology.comEditionDuoRoswell, GAwww.editionduo.comEmagcreator.comAtlanta, GAwww.emagcreator.comE-PaperflipCalabasas, CAwww.epaperflip.comFuturPublishNashville, TNhttp://futurpublish.comInfoSwellMurrieta, CAwww.infoswell.comMinnick Web ServicesSacramento, CAwww.minnickweb.comNxtbookLancaster, PAwww.nxtbook.comQmagsNew York, NYwww.qiosk.com TexteritySouthborough, MAwww.texterity.com3dissue.comNew York, NYwww.3dissue.comZenditionGreenwich, CTwww.zendition.comZ-MagsBoston, MAwww.zmags.comZinioSan Francisco, CAwww.zinio.comPRINTERS OFFERING DIGITAL SOLUTIONSAmerican PressLake Charles, LAwww.americanpress.comFry CommunicationsMechanicsburg, PAwww.frycomm.comPublishers PressShepherdsville, KYwww.pubpress.comQuad GraphicsSussex, WIwww.qg.comQuebecor WorldMontreal, Quebecwww.quebecorworld.comSt. IvesCleveland, OHwww.st-ives-usa.comYGS GroupYork, PAwww.theygsgroup.comBACK TO MAIN PAGE As the digital magazine industry has evolved over the last few years, the number of suppliers has grown substantially. Hundreds of options are on the market today from dedicated digital magazine suppliers, as well as from printers who offer digital delivery solutions. For publishers, it’s the best of times as many supplier options are out there in a robust current market. Following are some of those vendors:DEDICATED DIGITAL MAGAZINE SUPPLIERSAdvanced PublishingSt. John, NB, Canadawww.advancedpublishing.comBlue ToadOrlando, FLwww.bluetoad.comlast_img read more

Publishing Powerhouses Show Some Positive Advertising Results

first_imgWhile consumer magazine publishers are still struggling against the dramatic pullback in traditional print advertising revenues, there were some signs of hope during the first quarter. Although their overall ad pages were down for the period, consumer powerhouses Hearst and Condé Nast—which publish a combined 32 print titles—were down significantly less than the industry average of 9.4 percent, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.Across Hearst’s 14 titles (not including Food Network Magazine, which wasn’t publishing during the first quarter 2009), the company reported a total of  2,856.01 advertising pages through the first three months this year. That represents a loss of roughly 4 percent compared to 2,977.8 during the same period last year. (These numbers include SmartMoney, which Hearst owned a 50 percent stake but sold it to Dow Jones in early March.)Some of Hearst’s big ad page gainers during the period include Marie Claire (+19.4 percent to 257.11 pages) and Popular Mechanics (+17.4 percent to 133.97 pages). The biggest losses came from Veranda (-45.3 percent to 70.24 pages), Country Living (-30.9 percent to 119.58 pages) and House Beautiful (-19.6 percent to 86.64 pages). Food Network Magazine, which launched in November 2008, reported 115.52 ad pages through the first quarter 2010.Meanwhile, Condé Nast’s 17 magazines (not including the four it closed late last year) racked up a total of 4,379.53 ad pages during the first three months this year, down approximately 6 percent from 4,662.52 pages last year. Some big wins this year so far come from Teen Vogue (+24.2 percent to 149.20 pages), Lucky (+16.9 percent to 238.03 pages) and Wired (+11.2 percent to 125.77 pages).Conde Nast’s fashion title W—which recently reorganized and has new top editor—reported a 22.6 percent decline to 250.98 pages during the first quarter. It was followed by Golf World (-19.2 percent to 228.64 pages) and Brides (-15.8 percent to 819.74 ad pages).Maybe it’s naive to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if overall consumer ad pages do even better over the next three months.last_img read more

The New Yorkers Broken Arch is ASMEs Cover of the Year

first_img The cover focuses on the power of polarization between different communities and races. With more than 100 print magazines submitting 270 covers to compete in 10 categories, Staake originally won in ASME’s News and Politics category. The ninth annual ASME Best Cover Contest was open to all consumer print magazines published in the 2014 calendar year. Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME, announced the winners. And Staake has a personal connection to the illustration. “I lived in St. Louis for 17 years, moving there from Los Angeles,” he tells The Washington Post. “It’s a beautiful city, but it didn’t take me long for me to perceive its ‘ugly’ racial underbelly—which is not uncommon in many other major American cities,” Staake adds. Sports and Adventure:  ESPN The Magazine, October 13, 2014 Brainiest:  Bloomberg Businessweek, August 4, 2014 Fashion and Beauty:  Harper’s Bazaar, March 2014 Science and Nature:  New York, June 9-15, 2014 Lifestyle:  Men’s Health, November 2014center_img Family and Home:  FamilyFun, August 2014 Here are the other categorical winners: Entertainment and Celebrity:  The New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2014 Business and Technology:  The Atlantic, November 2014 On Wednesday, The New Yorker’s “Broken Arch,” published on December 8, 2014, was named ASME’s Cover of the Year. The illustration was developed by Bob Staake, and is a topical nod to the events that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. last year. Most Delicious:  Bon Appétit, June 2014last_img read more

Family Support Programs Vulnerable in Face of Budget Cuts Army Officials Say

first_imgFunding for the Army’s family programs has remained consistent in recent years, but those support programs would be threatened if the Budget Control Act spending caps are fully imposed in fiscal 2016, senior Army leaders said this week at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting.The next wave of budget cuts would be “devastating,” said Army Secretary John McHugh. Congress has allocated $1.2 billion annually for family programs over the last four years, which represents an increase from earlier. Lawmakers allocated about $700 million for family support six years ago.Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned that budget cuts mandated by the statutory spending caps would jeopardize all elements of readiness, reported Soldiers magazine.“We are now about to, if we continue down the path that we’re on, start cutting into readiness. That will be readiness of not only training and manning and equipping forces, but it will also be family readiness, which is fundamental to the readiness of the force. Programs will end up either being cut completely or will be prioritized to the point that they’ll be funded at much lower rates than they are right now,” Milley said.Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey urged family members to let local commanders know which programs they find most valuable. Commanders have the flexibility to decide which programs should be preserved in the face of spending reductions, based on the preferences of military families at their installation.“That’s what our new family program is about,” Dailey said, “tailoring mission and needs with regards to the installation and the environment that exists at the installation. But we need to be informed on that.”Milley stressed the importance of taking proper care of Army families.“It’s all about readiness because our soldiers, when we go overseas and we are in harm’s way, we need to, we want to focus on our jobs and destroy our enemies. For us to do that, we have got to know that our children are in good schools and our families are in good houses, that we’ve got good medical care,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Dignitaries Celebrate UAV Flight Milestone at Grand Sky

first_imgAir Force Secretary Heather Wilson, industry leaders and elected officials celebrated the launch of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations for large unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Monday at Grand Sky, a UAS-focused research and development park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. “Flying large UAS beyond visual line of sight in the national airspace will allow the unmanned aircraft industry to demonstrate its true potential for contributing to commercial aviation operations,” said Thomas Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., according to a news release. “It reduces the cost for operators to test and prove systems and provides the opportunity for real-world demonstrations of how unmanned and manned aircraft can share the skies safely and efficiently.”Grand Sky recently became the first U.S. location to receive regulatory permission to host commercial BVLOS test flights for large unmanned aircraft following a 36-month process led by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Initial BVLOS flights at Grand Sky will be limited to large UAS flying within 30 nautical miles of Grand Sky and will be subject to several additional FAA restrictions until the safety of the flights is demonstrated. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 10 Truck Broken Into Ring Lost At Soccer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, July 10, 2018:A Lockwood Road caller reported a tractor trailer pulled wires off of her house. Police notified Verizon. (7:48am)A 1-vehicle crash occurred on West Street involving an entrapment. Woburn Street at West Street was temporarily closed. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Landscaping damage down to home on West Street. (8:45am)Inbound train blocking Middlesex Avenue/Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (12:36pm)A walk-in party reported his truck was broken into sometime between June 24 and July 8 on Nassau Avenue. (1:49pm)Fire Department responded to a mulch fire at Market Basket on Main Street. (2:42pm)Police requested MassDOT be notified regarding lines on Main Street, near Wilmington Builders Supply. When road is wet, lines can’t be seen, causing traffic to drive on travel into wrong side of road. (9:39pm)A caller reported about 5 juveniles on the Yentile Farm soccer field with flashlights. Police responded. It was a group of adults on the field looking for a ring that was lost on the field during the evening game. The ring was silver with indents and symbols. (10:17pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of September 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 23, 2018:181163 — Vibert — 12 Ox Bow Drive Wilmington181237 — Babine — 6 State Street Wilmington181252 — Boudreau Estate Wilmington181253 — Forrest Towing — 2007 Saturn VUE181260 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 16 Kenwood Avenue181263 — Fitzmeyer Estate Wilmington181267 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Nouria Marciello181271 — Wilmington Board of Health — Changes to Regulations(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

OnStar has been helping recover stolen cars for over a decade

first_imgIt’s been over 20 years since General Motors launched its OnStar suite of connected vehicle services. Available on every GM car, OnStar can automatically send help if you’ve been in a crash, deliver a gallon of fuel to your car if you’re stranded or deliver turn-by-turn directions even if you don’t have embedded navigation.GM might’ve gotten their first, but today, lots of other competing telematics services offer these features. But GM’s OnStar still holds a trump card — it can help police recover your vehicle in the event it gets stolen. That’s right, while other automakers such as BMW, Honda and Toyota offer systems that just locate your missing car, OnStar can actively slow down the vehicle when a thief is behind the wheel. This tech isn’t new — in fact, it just celebrated its 10-year anniversary. All-in, OnStar is almost inarguably the first consumer connected car technology available at scale, and since connected car tech is seemingly on every automaker’s lips these days, we thought we’d revisit where it all started. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Auto Tech More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 3:29 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 5 GM OnStar is the original in-car tech When you report a stolen car to both OnStar and the local authorities, GM uses GPS data to locate the vehicle. Once officers get a visual of the car, OnStar flashes the hazard lights and cuts power to the vehicle. The brakes and steering aren’t affected, relying on the idea that the confused thief will pull over, exit the car, and get their comeuppance.The least-expensive way to get this tech is with the $25-a-month Safety and Security Package. In addition to the stolen-vehicle locator and slow-down functionality, you get emergency services, roadside assistance, a “crisis assist” function (which can provide special routing in an emergency or during severe weather) and turn-by-turn navigation.The only comparable system on the market today comes from Hyundai, built into its BlueLink interface.OnStar’s vehicle slowdown function is super handy and it prioritizes safety — the safer the apprehension of the vehicle and thief, the better it is for everyone involved. And since GM says it slows down a stolen vehicle once every three or four days, it’s a system that continues to pay dividends a decade after its inception. General Motorslast_img read more