General Motors has decided that they will start charging for their OnStar subscription service, even if you don’t use it. This is a series of items like emergency roadside service at a button, or after a crash, vehicle diagnostics that tell the dealer when you’re near your oil change or other service. They also include remote keyfob acccess via your phone, wifi hotspots, and a few other gimmicks… but if you want the simple life… nope, you’ll still pay. This is following the more expensive names in the industry like BMW, Audi, and Tesla, that like to keep digging into your pocket for features that your car came with.

Drivers in the US and Canada are in for a bit of sticker shock as General Motors has made three years of its OnStar subscription service mandatory in many new vehicles at a cost of $1,500.