In-car crash responses, theft measures

Holden dealer principal Guy Smith, left and GM managing director Kristan Aquilina visits Cooke...
Holden dealer principal Guy Smith, left and GM managing director Kristan Aquilina visits Cooke Howlison on Tuesday. PHOTO PETER MCINTOSH
General Motors' OnStar technology will offer New Zealand customers a proven automatic crash and emergency response feature, Holden New Zealand managing director Kristian Aquilina says.

The technology, due for release late next year in New Zealand, would utilise GPS satellites and mobile capacity to provide greater accuracy of location and greater coverage to get emergency services to customers wherever they needed them.

OnStar would also provide vehicle security with the ability to protect a vehicle by providing alerts should the vehicle move away from its defined location, ignition blocking and remote slow-down of confirmed stolen vehicles, he said during a visit to Dunedin this week.

The technology also provided real-time health checks of vehicles to better tailor maintenance requirements to specific driving conditions and allowed owners to use their mobile phone to monitor and track the health and service requirements of their vehicles through the MyHolden app.

Owners had the convenience of being able to remotely lock and unlock their vehicle wherever they might be in the world, as well as assistance in helping find their vehicle in a crowded car park, not just through location, but by remote activation of the vehicle horn and hazard flashers, Mr Aquilina said.

For business users, Holden was able to provide a range of services to assist companies to promote a safe workplace when employees were in vehicles.

``OnStar's human touch is what makes it unique and differentiates it from other telematics services in the market. Once we connect you to your car remotely, the possibilities to enhance the Holden ownership experience are endless.''

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