Few things can ruin a day more than walking out of your house to discover you have a flat tire.
That, however, may soon be a thing of the past, as developers at Chevrolet are working with OnStar to create a smartphone app that will allow drivers to pull information like tire pressure or oil life without even being in the vehicle. Imagine being able to check your tire pressure on a cold morning as you fix your breakfast or watch the news.
Currently, Chevy drivers with an active OnStar account can receive monthly emails with this information, but the new app will allow drivers to see the information in real time.
Those instant updates will provide assurance to drivers about the performance of their vehicle. It also will help them properly maintain their tires, engine and other key parts/systems within the vehicles. By performing preventative maintenance, such as properly inflating tires or changing the oil at certain intervals, it allows the driver to save time and money down the road.
The technology will be offered in select 2016 vehicles, such as the Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Silverado models. Other models will receive the technology later in the model year.
Besides keeping track of vital statistics, the technology also will monitor such critical parts as the battery, starter and fuel pump. The prognostic system will be able to identify when these components are starting to wear. By identifying when these parts will fail, it will allow drivers to make necessary fixes sooner and not have to worry about a small repair becoming a big hassle.
“This is a new chapter in our pursuit to provide customers with convenience and the best overall service in the industry,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, General Motors Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience. “Using our innovative OnStar 4G LTE connectivity platform, we can actively monitor vehicle component health and notify our customers if covered vehicle components need attention. Nobody else in the industry is offering this.”
OnStar is a wholly-owned GM subsidiary, which serves more than 7 million drivers in North America and China. The subscription-based communications, navigation and security service is available on more than 30 GM models.
Have more questions about OnStar and the new features coming in new 2016 Chevrolet models? Contact Bachman Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to assist you.