Opel OnStar seen its fair share of awards delivered, and the system has even officially launched yet. Opel will officially launch OnStar for 13 European markets this August, though Opel wants to remind consumers its vehicles may be ordered with OnStar now.
“Connectivity is one of Opel’s unique selling points as seen with our award-winning IntelliLink infotainment system. Opel OnStar, for which we have already received a Connected Car Award, is further proof that we want to deliver trendsetting innovations in connectivity to a wider audience,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “Opel OnStar is a ground-breaking technology: It will add a new level of safety to our vehicles and at the same time make driving more comfortable. The direct dialogue with our customers will create stronger ties with the brand. All this will convince even more new buyers that Opel is the right choice.”
While each Opel (and Vauxhall) will be updated to incorporate OnStar, the 2016 Opel Astra K will be the first all-new vehicle to integrate the service right away.
Opel states a desire to make premium connectivity available to a wider range of customers molded the idea to launch OnStar in Europe and, with connectivity becoming more and more prominent in vehicles, it’s a natural progression for Opel and cousin Vauxhall.
OnStar will launch with many of the features we’ve enjoyed in the U.S. for some time. 4G LTE wireless internet will turn each vehicle into a hotspot wherever you go, with capability for up to seven devices altogether. The cornerstone of OnStar will be the most important, however. Automatic crash detection will be included with the service, allowing for human being to contact the driver in the event the airbags are deployed in an accident. Help and emergencies services can then be contacted immediately.
Stolen vehicle assistance and diagnostics will also be a part of OnStar’s European invasion, and customers will have complete control of their services.
The best part of OnStar’s European introduction? All of these services will be free per a user trial, including 4G LTE capability, for 12 months.