Robert B., Buffalo Grove, Ill.

A few automakers have introduced competitors to OnStar, including Lexus, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Ford. Not all share the same features, but all have some form of emergency response capability that will automatically alert a representative or 911 operator when a collision has been detected.

Toyota calls their system Safety Connect, which comes on select Toyota models and includes a one-year subscription. Like OnStar, after the trial period you must pay the subscription fee. Features include a one-touch emergency button, automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle notification. Lexus also uses Safety Connect and includes the service for one year on 2010 models.Toyotasafetyconnect

Mercedes-Benz mbrace system includes automatic collision notification, emergency call feature and stolen vehicle recovery, among other features. Ford’s 911 Assist requires a Bluetooth phone be enabled for its emergency service that pairs with its Sync voice-activated system. Mercedes includes six months of the mbrace service before it becomes a subscription. Ford’s 911 Assist is a no-charge service.  

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on December 11, 2009 in Ford , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota | Permalink

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