For years we’ve known that having an on-board internet connection in the vehicle could pay off as technology advances. Well, Chevrolet and OnStar seem to be seizing on that even more as the brand is launching a new predictive maintenance system similar to that of a Boeing 787.
OnStar has been doing on-demand diagnostics of GM vehicles for many years, so the foundation of this isn’t necessarily new. What is new here is that the vehicles will now have a predictive analytics algorithm to basically predict the future of the vehicle’s maintenance needs for certain systems. Chevrolet explicitly states the system will monitor the life of the 12-volt battery, the vehicle starter motor and fuel pump. The fancy marketing name for this is OnStar Proactive Alerts, which will be included in the OnStar Basic Plan for the first five-years of vehicle ownership.
If the system assumes a problem with any of the above, it will notify the owner with their preference of a notification via email, text message or in-vehicle message. Chevrolet is launching the service on the 2016 Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox. According to the release more vehicles will be added to the list in the future.