Latest in Gear

Image credit: Mark Reinstein via Getty Images

GM, Tesla activate features for owners in Hurricane Florence's path

Remote upgrades could help cars travel out of harm's way.
451 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Mark Reinstein via Getty Images

Hurricane Florence is approaching the East Coast of the US, and is predicted to bring with it catastrophic flooding, high winds, as well as a life-threatening storm surge and rain in North and South Carolina. As a result, both GM and Tesla have remotely activated features in their cars that could be of use in an evacuation.

As it did last year prior to Hurricane Irma, Tesla has temporarily activated Supercharging on older cars that didn't have it enabled when they were purchased, and unlocked extra battery capacity on certain vehicles (Model S and X cars that only purchased 60kWh but have 75kWh batteries). A Tesla owner's club for the "Triangle" region has collected relevant info for potential evacuees, and said that owners should see a notification on their screen about the change.

For GM, it has activated OnStar Crisis Assist for owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with the feature built-in. Its representatives will handle overflow calls to the Red Cross, while pressing the button in the car will give access to people who can help with the following:

  • Real-time routing information for those needing to evacuate or navigate disaster zones
  • Assistance locating vital resources like hotels, gas, food, water or medical supplies
  • Complimentary Hands Free Calling minutes in order to connect with loved ones
  • Wi-Fi, if downloaded to the vehicle, to keep people connected and informed during the storm
  • First responder communication so they can help locate vehicles and assist before arriving

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
451 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Apple's first CES appearance in 28 years is all about privacy

Apple's first CES appearance in 28 years is all about privacy

View
GOG's Galaxy 2.0 game launcher is available without an invitation

GOG's Galaxy 2.0 game launcher is available without an invitation

View
Domino's GPS-powered pizza tracking is available in many more places

Domino's GPS-powered pizza tracking is available in many more places

View
Jaguar's I-Pace software update boosts the range by 12 miles

Jaguar's I-Pace software update boosts the range by 12 miles

View
Amazon claims Trump's 'personal vendetta' cost it $10 billion Pentagon contract

Amazon claims Trump's 'personal vendetta' cost it $10 billion Pentagon contract

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr