WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - OnStar will soon be more than just the blue button you press when you're in an accident and need help.
General Motors is testing out a new feature on the roadside service that will allow people to update their Facebook status by talking.
So when you're on your way home from work and want to tell all your Facebook friends, all you need to do is dictate your status message to a virtual OnStar advisor.
It works like this:
The company began the social media experiment on Wednesday by testing out the feature in a few of its customer's vehicles.
GM says its new voice command will cut down on distracted driving, while making sure people stay connected.
"You'll press a blue button, say 'Facebook' and have a chance to update your post," said OnStar spokesperson, Elizabeth Robbins.
Donna Bryan with the Safety Council of Palm Beach County feels that while the voice command feature is safer than typing, the real distraction behind the wheel is the communication in general.
"You think to yourself, did you stop at that stop sign? What did you do? Your brain is so involved in the conversation, you experience what they call 'Cerebral Blindness'."
Palm Beach County resident Ron Robbins agrees.
"The radio is even distracting sometimes so I would say sure that would be a distraction."
In addition to Facebook updates, GM is also testing a program that would read your text messages aloud. The voice-to-text feature would give drivers the ability to respond with one of four preset messages.
"It would go through your Bluetooth," said Robbins, OnStar spokesperson.
For many -- turning your car into a social media pod, is all just a little too much.
"I think what in the world have we created in our society that people think they have to update every minute!?," said Bryan, Safety Council Palm Beach County.
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