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December 21, 2011 • Autos, News

OnStar and NORAD warming up the Santa Tracker

As Christmas Eve approaches and the world eagerly awaits the arrival of Ole’ Saint Nick, children of all ages can track the big guy as he and his sleigh make their way around the globe visiting those of us who have been naughty or nice.

OnStar, in partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), is offering its Santa Tracker services once again this Christmas.

Beginning at 7 a.m. EST Dec. 24, OnStar subscribers, including those with the new FMV OnStar systems, can simply press the blue OnStar button and request a Santa update. Advisors will share Santa’s current location through 5 a.m. Christmas morning.

“We see this holiday tradition as staying true to keeping subscribers connected in ways they never thought possible,” said Terry Inch, OnStar vice president, Sales, Marketing and Business Development. “We know many of our customers will be glad to know Santa’s location information is just one blue button press away.”

NORAD uses its North Warning Radar System, geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors and other technologies to monitor Santa’s Christmas Eve travels and share the information with children and families around the world.

At the NORAD Tracks Santa Website, visitors can find a countdown clock to the start of the Santa Tracker as well as a wrapup video of the jolly fellow’s adventures last year.

There is also a Countdown Village offering games for good little (and big) boys and girls.

Tracking Santa has gone very high-tech as apps available from Apple’s App Store and at the Android Market along with updates posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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