Tuesday, 4 March 2014

!NEW! Opel with OnStar Connectivity: All-Round Vehicle Services Solution

Opel and OnStar: The next level of vehicle connectivity

Automaker preparing launch of OnStar in Europe in 2015
Powerful 4G LTE wi-fi connection
State-of-the-art connectivity possibilities increase safety and comfort

Opel and OnStar: Today Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announced the introduction of OnStar at the Geneva Auto Show 

Opel launches the next level of vehicle connectivity at the Geneva Motor Show. At today’s press conference, Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announced the introduction of OnStar. “OnStar and Opel will make driving in Europe safer and more relaxed from 2015,” said Neumann. “With OnStar 4G/LTE, Opel drivers will enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity, and with this we take a major step towards realizing our vision of connectivity – the Opel Monza Concept that we presented last fall.” OnStar is the leading brand of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology.

Opel also presents three hot new models at its booth in Hall 2. Karl-Thomas Neumann unveiled the cool and charismatic ADAM Rocks, the racy ADAM S and the super sporty Astra OPC EXTREME. ADAM ROCKS also showcases another debut in Geneva: the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine. ADAM is the first car to feature the small powerhouse, which will gradually become available in other models. Opel’s major powertrain offensive is also making strides on the diesel front: visitors in Geneva can for the first time take a close look at the Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp version of the new generation 1.6 CDTI Turbo diesel.

More than 6.5 million customers in the U.S., Canada, China, and Mexico already use OnStar connected services. Opel is planning to introduce OnStar across its passenger car range in selected European markets beginning in 2015. Karl-Thomas Neumann explained which services will make driving easier and more carefree:

1. 4G LTE connection: With OnStar 4G LTE, the car becomes a powerful, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, giving easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection, for up to seven mobile devices.

2. Emergency services: No matter what kind of trouble a driver encounters out on the road, OnStar is there to help. If the airbag deploys, OnStar can be alerted automatically. Even if it's a medical emergency, or you witness a crash, just press your emergency button and OnStar can request help.

3. Remote link: Drivers can remotely connect to their vehicle with the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. They can view oil life and tire pressure info on their smartphone, and lock or unlock their vehicle via smartphone. Destination addresses can be sent immediately to the on-board navigation system.

4. Stolen vehicle assistance: If a vehicle is ever stolen, OnStar can work with the police to recover it quickly and safely.

5. Roadside assistance: If drivers find themselves stranded, they are never alone. Whether it is an empty gas tank or a flat tire, a push of the emergency button is all it takes for OnStar to request that help be sent.

6. Vehicle diagnostics: OnStar sends a monthly Vehicle Diagnostics email with the most important vehicle data and information. A diagnostic check can be requested at any time at the push of a button.

7. Remote services: Drivers never have to worry about locking their keys in the car again. They just have to call OnStar, where an advisor will verify their account and send a signal to their vehicle to unlock the doors. Destination addresses can be sent immediately to the on-board navigation system by pressing the OnStar button, or via the RemoteLink app.

Additional information about availability of vehicles sold in Europe with OnStar and pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

Top connectivity today: IntelliLink in ADAM, Insignia, Meriva and Co.

Opel already offers ultra-modern connectivity possibilities today – with the innovative infotainment system IntelliLink. The IntelliLink version in the urban lifestyle car Opel ADAM is especially sophisticated. The advanced and yet affordable system makes the small individualization champion the best connected small car on the market. The German trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild recognized the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel ADAM with the “Connected Car Award“. A major benefit is that IntelliLink is compatible with both Apple iOS and Android software-operated smartphones. The full scope of options IntelliLink offers with its seven-inch color touchscreen in the ADAM also includes TuneIn, a global radio access app, BringGo, a full function navigation app, and Stitcher, a global podcast internet radio app. The onboard infotainment system’s various functions can be tailored to individual needs and preferences, bringing the smartphone owner’s personal environment into the Opel ADAM.

Also supported by Opel ADAM’s IntelliLink is the Stitcher App, a free global podcast internet radio app which enables users to listen to programs live or after they have been broadcast.
Opel ADAM also offers comprehensive Siri Eyes Free support over the iPhone. To activate Siri in Eyes Free mode, drivers connect their iPhone with IntelliLink via Bluetooth and then press the voice activation button on the steering wheel. Siri Eyes Free can be called up while other apps, such as BringGo Navigation, are running in the background. Music and navigation information is automatically muted during this time. The following functions are available with voice command over Siri Eyes Free.

Opel ADAM IntelliLink - Siri Eyes Free Modus
The high-tech IntelliLink system is not a privilege limited to ADAM. In various infotainment variants, it upgrades the new Insignia and Meriva as well as many other Opel models including the Astra, Mokka, Cascada and Zafira Tourer. The system impresses with direct, pleasant and user-friendly operation. While keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, drivers enjoy a broad spectrum of information and entertainment. Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming are available, as is the display of images via USB connection, whereby the latter requires the vehicle to be parked. Fast and precise navigation is standard with the Navi 950 Europa IntelliLink system. Destinations can either be entered over the familiar control button or by voice command. The typical IntelliLink monitor surface guarantees excellent readability. In addition, the driver can also have the Navi 950 IntelliLink system read out incoming text messages.

Opel Insignia with completely new infotainment generation incl. 8-inch color-touchscreen, touchpad, steering wheel controls and voice operation.

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