Sunday 23 April 2017

Soon your Opel will automatically call emergency services if you’re in a crisis

Opel today showed what their OnStar system can do
Opel today showed what their OnStar system can do

Eddie Cunningham, Luton

SOON your Opel will automatically call emergency services if you’re in a crisis – such as your car’s airbag deploying.

And it will download your individual journey route.

And every month you’ll get a diagnostics update on your car’s overall performance.

It will be an around-the-clock 24/7 service so you will be able to call someone for information or help – be it for a hospital, ambulance, restaurant/football ground location or finding your car at the airport.

As part of the growing level of connectivity and imminent EU  regulations, Opel today showed us what their OnStar system can do.

It did so against a backdrop of examples from the US, where it has millions of users, of people telling how OnStar’s SOS system alerted the nearest emergency services and saved their lives.

But in everyday driving if you don’t want someone to know where you are you can press the privacy button. You can still talk to the OnStar centre 24/7 – they just won’t know where you are.

It will start in Ireland in September/October with the new Astra and will be free for the first year.  Expect it to cost around €99 a year after that.

It will come with higher spec versions of the Opel range and will be optional on a high percentage of others.

A wifi package, capable of coping with seven devices in the car, will follow and there will be a tiered pricing system for that. The lowest cost version in America starts at $5 a month.

I tried the current OnStar system around Luton today and all I had to do was press a button to be put through to someone at Command Centre.

Not alone did they download my route but a nice man even dealt with my request about the location of the nearest shop selling ice cream.

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