Airbiquity on board with OnStar’s retail mirror

Our region has seen the rise of a cottage industry in automotive “infotainment,” and Seattle-based Airbiquity is continuing the streak with the news today that it will provide data-over-voice technologies for the standalone OnStar rear-view mirror.

The mirror, announced earlier this year, will be available for installation in pretty much any car, from Best Buy and other retailers starting later this year, for $299 plus a monthly plan for the OnStar service. It’s part of OnStar’s effort to expand beyond GM vehicles.

Airbiquity says its involvement builds on an eight-year relationship with OnStar.

Airbiquity is also among several companies in the region that provide underlying technologies that work with Ford’s Sync in-car system, developed by Microsoft.