OnStar launched in Europe to incredible fanfare in 2015, but the technology will be short-lived. Auto Express reported on Wednesday that OnStar will deactivate services for Opel and Vauxhall models in 2020—just five years after the service launched. The official end-of-service date is December 31, 2020.
Additionally, no new Vauxhall of Opel cars will be fit with OnStar from January 2019.
The decision comes as France’s PSA Groupe works to phase out GM platforms, powertrains and technologies. PSA purchased both Opel and Vauxhall from GM last year.
OnStar currently offers a suite of safety and connectivity features including 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. The cancellation includes emergency SOS function, which dials emergency services in the event of a wreck. In Europe, new laws mandate all new cars sold since March 2018 must feature an “eCall” function to contact authorities in event of a crash. PSA will have to find a workaround for the models sold between now and January 2019.
Every single Vauxhall and Opel model offer OnStar at current, and the former said it has no plans to suddenly exit the connectivity stage.
A spokesperson told the publication that it will provide “further details on future connectivity solutions at the appropriate time.”