For the second year in a row, Opel-Vauxhall chief Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann accepted a Connected Car Award for the superior connectivity of the company’s vehicles. Opel received the Pioneer Award for especially trendsetting developments with OnStar.
OnStar’s user-friendly packaging was awarded due to its comprehensive connected safety, high-class mobility services and progressive information technology.
Opel will begin offering offering OnStar on selected models by the middle of this year with the inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity. This allows the car to become to a powerful WiFi hotspot and allows connection with up to seven devices.
“Presently, internet is normally a premium topic but Opel have made an expensive technology mainstream,” explained magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild in the reasoning for the award. Opel already won a Pioneer Award last year for the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel Adam.
“OnStar and Opel will make driving in Europe safer and more relaxing,” said Karl-Thomas Neumann at the award presentation in Detroit. “With OnStar 4G/LTE, Opel drivers will enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity. With this, we take a major step towards realizing our vision of connectivity.”
In addition to the aforementioned features, Opel will offer automatic crash response for the first time in the European market, as well as remote vehicle diagnostics. As the system does in North America, it will be able to unlock doors via a mobile app and locate a stolen vehicle as well.