New technology borrows from airline industry
A long running tenet in the automotive industry is that a well maintained vehicle is a happier vehicle. Keeping up with regularly scheduled and factory mandated maintenance has been the gold standard for keeping vehicles running in peak condition. Unfortunately, even owners who rigorously follow these guidelines are prone to the occasional malfunction or breakdown. Chevrolet and the OnStar telematics company are working together to bring proactive maintenance alerts to drivers. A few 2016 Chevy vehicles have this capability for OnStar subscribers to use. As the technology becomes more refined, it is likely to show up on more vehicles produced by the automaker.
“Chevrolet is already the most awarded car brand in the industry, and Silverado is the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup on the road,” Steve Holland, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors said in a press release. “With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind by taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle.”
How do proactive maintenance alerts work?
If there was ever an industry that needs to stay on top of fleet maintenance it’s airlines. The new Boeing 787 airliner has a system which monitors the status of important components and when it detects an anomaly, an alert is sent to the ground crew of the plane’s next stop so they can review the situation. This is pretty much how proactive maintenance alerts with select Chevy vehicles available at Don Wheaton.
The proactive maintenance alerts currently installed with certain Chevy vehicles monitor the starter motor, fuel pump and battery. Each of these components are hugely important in starting a vehicle. Basically if any of these parts experience a failure, nothing or no one is going anywhere. The exact how this systems works is certainly proprietary and a closely held secret. But it likely involves a test program being run with each ignition sequence and an algorithm analyzes certain factors. If a problem is detected an alert is sent to the vehicle owner. From there the recommendation is likely made that an appointment for repair be made, post haste.
Which Chevy vehicles have proactive maintenance alerts?
As of right now, there are five Chevy vehicle that can work with the proactive maintenance alerts system. OnStar subscribers who drive the 2016 Chevy Suburban, Tahoe, Silverado, Corvette or Equinox can take advantage of this new technology. Each of these models come with eligible OnStar subscription plans, including the OnStar Basic Plan which is standard for five years with each new vehicle purchase.
If you would like to learn more about proactive maintenance alerts or any of the other outstanding technology options available on Chevy vehicles, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.