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DETROIT -- General Motors quietly rolled out a new connected-car technology last month that it says has the potential to dramatically reduce vehicle-stopping breakdowns.

The technology, called Proactive Alerts, uses a combination of sensors and software to monitor the performance of three critical components -- the battery, starter and fuel pump -- each time the car is started.

When the performance of those parts begins to deteriorate, General Motors can warn drivers via its OnStar telematics service that they need to take their vehicle in for service.

The system, under development for about 10 years, is similar to what is used on some commercial jetliners.

Proactive Alerts, which went live on April 19 with little fanfare, is available as an option on nine 2016 GM vehicles: the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra, Yukon and Terrain and Chevrolet Silverado, Tah-oe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox. It will eventually be expanded to cover GM's entire lineup, said GM spokesman Alan Adler.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20160509/OEM06/305099982/1147


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GM really needs to get this kind of info out to the public. It's really a shame to see all this development go to waste just because the public is unaware of the added features. They did it with the OLM (in my opinion) and the ENTIRE Volt introduction.

Sounds like a very useful feature.

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