Vauxhall will soon start preparing the groundwork for General Motors’ long-awaited satellite-linked OnStar system.
The company claims OnStar will offer European customers a variety of functions, ranging from the monitoring of their car's vital functions to post-crash emergency service alerts.
Early next year, a team of OnStar experts from the USA, where the system has been operational since 1996, is due to provide guidance to technicians from Vauxhall and their Opel counterparts on setting up the network and infrastructure required to operate one of the most sophisticated vehicle intelligence platforms.
Vauxhall’s head of product planning Stuart Harris believes the subscription-based technology can be operational on all new Vauxhalls incorporating the appropriate electronic architecture by 2016. These include the recently revised Insignia, plus the upcoming next generation Astra and Corsa.
GM vehicle owners in the USA plus Canada and China pay for different OnStar packages on a graduated subscription basis. Services are relayed either via the vehicle’s mulitmedia network or through smartphones and computer tablets.