Vauxhall at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, debut Vauxhall OnStar connectivity services and premiering the new VIVA.
Vauxhall will preview Vauxhall OnStar at today’s Geneva Motor Show, showcasing its comprehensive package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen-vehicle tracker. Vauxhall Vauxhall OnStar will be offered on selected Vauxhall passenger cars from October 2015. The full suite of Vauxhall Vauxhall OnStar services will be provided free for a 12-month trial period and thereafter for an annual subscription fee.
Globally, Vauxhall OnStar is the leading provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology in the automobile industry. It connects around seven million customers in the United States, Canada, China and Mexico with features including 4G LTE connection, emergency services and smartphone remote control.
Vauxhall/Opel Vauxhall OnStar will be available in the UK from launch, as well as 13 other markets across Europe, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The European service centre will be in Luton, Bedfordshire.
“With Vauxhall OnStar, Vauxhall is bringing the latest connectivity technology to a wider audience,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “Vauxhall OnStar will make driving safer as well as offering new innovations in infotainment and telematics. And best of all, the system will be free to customers for the first year of ownership.”
With Vauxhall OnStar, each Vauxhall becomes a powerful, mobile wi-fi hotspot giving access to apps and services that require a high-speed mobile or data connection. Up to seven mobile devices can be connected simultaneously. Passengers will be able to stay in touch with family and friends via social media, play games, stream movies or watch TV via their favourite app, or to work while away from the office.
If an airbag deploys, Vauxhall OnStar will be alerted automatically and an advisor will then contact the vehicle to determine whether help is required. If there is no response, emergency services are immediately sent to the vehicle.
Available 24/7 and 365 days a year, Vauxhall OnStar Advisors are located at the Vauxhall OnStar service centre in Luton. At a push of an SOS button, Vauxhall OnStar users can ask for assistance as necessary, for example, if they witness an accident. The Vauxhall OnStar buttons will be located in the overhead centre console or the rear-view mirror on some cars.
The new system also includes roadside-assistance services, making being stranded with a flat tyre or an empty fuel tank a thing of the past. A call to the Vauxhall OnStar team will ensure that users will receive help as quickly as possible.
Smartphone users will be able to connect to their vehicle remotely with the Vauxhall OnStar smartphone app, enabling them to:
Vauxhall OnStar will be able to assist vehicle owners and police if a vehicle with the system is stolen. The stolen-vehicle assistance will enable Vauxhall OnStar to work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the car is recovered quickly and safely and returned to its rightful owner. Remote ignition block will allow Vauxhall OnStar to send a remote signal to the vehicle that blocks the engine from starting once it has been reported stolen.
Vauxhall OnStar can also provide subscribers with a monthly vehicle diagnostics email with the most important vehicle data and information. A diagnostics check can be requested at any time at the push of a button, providing peace of mind before setting off on a longer journey.
Subscribers will be in complete control of their data and the services they receive. Before the services are activated they will have to agree to the terms and conditions. They will be able to choose whether they want to reveal their current location – at a push of the Privacy button their position will be masked.
However, no matter if the location is masked or unmasked, Vauxhall OnStar will not be used to monitor its user but will solely offer services. In case of an airbag deployment, Vauxhall OnStar will by default override the mask functionality, so that emergency services can be sent to the exact location as quickly as possible.
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