Your average new car costs $32,000 or so. Your average Boeing 787 Dreamliner runs, oh, $150 million, give or take a few million. Yet the two have something interesting in common -- at least when it comes to Chevrolet. Now, just like the plane, certain new Chevrolets can alert the driver before a part goes bad.
Owners of five different bowtie-bedecked 2016 vehicles -- Corvette, Equinox, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe -- can now opt into a program called OnStar Proactive Alerts. Part of the larger OnStar connected-services empire, it continually collects data from the vehicle, specifically the starter motor, 12-volt battery and fuel pump.
The system is capable of dectecting parts that are wearing out or exhibiting faults, and it will notify the owner by email or text, along with displaying warnings inside the vehicle. The Boeing 787 works similarly, alerting ground crews when parts are reaching end of life.
Proactive Alerts will be offered with all OnStar subscription plans for the aforementioned vehicles, and it's also part of the five-year basic plan that comes baked into the car when it leaves the dealership. The hope is to eventually expand this program to more vehicles (including other GM brands) and additional components.