Similar in concept to that on the Boeing 787.

Chevrolet wants to minimize damage due to bad maintenance by introducing a predictive technology that warns about a potential maintenance need before it occurs.

Describing it as the industry’s first such system, the company says it works like a similar technology on the Boeing 787, where it sends in-flight messages to ground crews alerting them of parts needing inspection before the plane lands. In Chevrolet’s case, the so-called Proactive Alerts system will notify drivers to take their vehicle in for service, if any anomalies with the vehicle’s starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery are detected.

The system collects data every time the engine is started and then “sophisticated systems” analyze and refine “billions of pieces of data,” accumulated across the fleet of vehicles. If there’s a difference between the recorded and gathered data, the system will automatically send a message to the driver through the car’s infotainment system. The owner of the vehicle will also receive either an email or text message based on his preference.

Initially, the Proactive Alerts will be available to owners of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox, who are subscribed to OnStar. In the future, the feature will be offered for more models of the brand and we expect to see it in some Cadillac and Buick models too.

Source: Chevrolet

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