John Cook said, “It’s no exaggeration to say that Vauxhall OnStar saved my life. Having it in the car 24/7, 365 days a year offers us both peace of mind. Through this activity I want to raise awareness of the service and also epilepsy as a condition.”
Rory Harvey, Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors said, “We don’t want anyone to go through John and Paula’s ordeal. Our philosophy is to engineer cars which fit to people’s lives and with Vauxhall OnStar we’re offering a state of the art connectivity system, helping drivers feel calm and reassured. Whether it’s being able to track a car when stolen or even just having access to WiFi to keep the children happy, we’re already reached over 5.5 customer intereactions across Europe since the service launched. In 2017, two out of three new Vauxhall’s will be equipped with OnStar.”
Ley Sander, Medical Director at Epilepsy Society and Professor of Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology said, “Latest advances in technology can make a huge difference to people with epilepsy. There are up to half a million people in the UK with epilepsy and for a third of them, their seizures do not respond to medication. One of the biggest impacts of this is that they can’t drive which is very debilitating in a society that is dependent on the car.
“Vauxhall OnStar is a great example of technology working to make people with epilepsy feel safer. It is impossible to predict when you will have a seizure, so to know that help is at hand at the press of a button, will really give people more confidence when they are out with friends and family. It is also reassuring for the driver and other passengers to know that they will be able to summon help, even if they are in a remote area and their phones have no signal.”