6 March 2015

Opel OnStar improves vehicle safety/connectivity

Opel's OnStar programme was shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show this week, writes Trish Whelan.

This in-car connectivity, safety and security programme will be launched in the company's passenger car range in 13 countries in Europe and will arrive in September this year.

It will offer all Opel OnStar technology as well as the high-speed WiFi hotspot free of charge for the first 12 months after registration.

Up to seven devices can be connected in and around the vehicle so passengers will be able to stay in touch with family and friends via social media, play games, stream movies or watch TV via their app or to work while away from the office. Car occupants will also be automatically connected with an emergency specialist after crash detection when an airbag deploys. In addition, an Opel OnStar button 'SOS' is located in the overhead centre console or the rear-view mirror on some cars. When pressed, a call representative will be available to assist. OnStar also includes roadside assistance service.

It's part of the company's plan to make premium technologies available to a wider audience.

A connected car, pictured above, shows how Opel OnStar works.