National Oil & Lube News

February 2017

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28 NOLN | Imagine having a vehicle that provided real-time diagnostic updates, including possible maintenance issues before they resulted in your car not starting? Rather than relying on listening for a rattle, a strange sound or simply hoping your vehicle doesn't let you down, General Motors (GM) is introducing the industry's first predictive technolo- gy with OnStar's Predictive Alerts. Now, your vehicle will warn you about a potential maintenance need before it stops you in your tracks. OnStar's latest technological feature is similar in concept to what's on the Boeing 787, which alerts ground crews to parts and issues requiring inspection before the plane ar- rives. For GM drivers who opt-in to the service, OnStar Proactive Alerts will continually monitor the health of the vehicle's starter motor, fuel pump and 12-volt battery. When anomalies are detected, OnStar will notify drivers to take their vehicle in for service, potentially reducing unexpected repairs. OnStar's Proactive Alerts: Offering Drivers a Peek at the Future by Jim Baumer

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