It doesn’t matter which brand you purchase from: moving parts fail. As long as we’re utilizing gasoline, and even electricity, parts will always need replacing. General Motors has developed a new system to help curb surprise breakdowns, however.
According to Automotive News, GM quietly rolled out a new connected-car technology to monitor various key components and warn of potential part failure. The system, called Proactive Alerts, watches the life cycle of the battery, starter and fuel pump each time the engine turns over.
Proactive Alerts will alert drivers via OnStar that the vehicle is in need of service if the system finds a component is failing.
The report states the system went live on April 19 as an additional free option on the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra, Yukon and Terrain and Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox. It will eventually be expanded to cover GM’s entire lineup, said GM spokesman Alan Adler. However, a buyer must request the option.
Proactive Alerts has been in development for 10 years, and will eventually expand to the alternator and other electrical components in time. GM provided no set timetable on when we’ll see the service expand.