Adds New Safety, Connectivity Features
Subaru has announced its updated Starlink system, which will make its first appearance in the 2016 Forester.
Starlink is Subaru‘s in-vehicle connectivity platform that features entertainment and safety services, and will soon offer built-in AT&T 4G LTE capability. Similar to GM’s OnStar, Subaru has added Connected Vehicle Services like stolen vehicle recovery and automatic collision notification to the updated system, along with an SOS and roadside assistance feature in the event of an emergency. Select 2016 model-year Subaru vehicles will be equipped with the updated Starlink system later this year.
“The Subaru Starlink technology is the next step in vehicle connectivity for Subaru,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc., in a release. “There is a new emphasis from consumers for improved connectivity in their vehicles. This system allows Subaru to deliver new levels of safety and security services, giving our customers added peace of mind.”
The new system will continue to allow consumers to tap into a variety of entertainment apps, including Pandora and iHeartRadio. Text messages and sport scores can be read to the occupants, keeping eyes on the road and off of phones. Added to the entertainment and safety features, Subaru’s Starlink also has the ability to automatically provide a diagnosis of critical vehicle systems and, if an issue arises, email the owner with solutions or the location of the nearest dealership.
To better understand all the new features on the Subaru Starlink system, Dominick Infante, National Manager, Product Communications at Subaru of America, Inc., explains the different features in the video below.