View Single Post
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 06-03-2009, 09:10 AM
Dave's Avatar
Dave Dave is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,773
Default
Well, OnStar isn't worldwide in coverage but the technology is there. They'd have to have a lot of satellites to cover the whole planet and then you have to equip all the ATC centers. It probably comes down to a cost-benefit analysis. We're making a big deal out of this event, and yes it is terrible, but this type of accident is exceedingly rare. The cost of maintaining a new tracking system would be passed on to the passengers.

As for the OnStar thing - I was surprised to see large areas of Texas, Wyoming, and Kentucky are dead zones for it. Look here
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com