DETROIT — GM said Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck owners are among the most active users of vehicle connectivity. In the near future, those drivers will have what the automaker calls an "unprecedented connection to their truck."
The 2016 Silverado will be equipped with Proactive Alerts, a technology that can predict and notify drivers when certain components need attention — in many cases before vehicle performance is affected.
The OnStar RemoteLink mobile app will allow owners to "keep tabs on the health of their Silverado," GM said in a statement on Wednesday.
Proactive Alerts will debut soon. GM announced the technology earlier this year, but this is the first time the automaker has said exactly which vehicle will be the first to get the feature.
It is also expected to be available on select 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Silverado HD models equipped with certain powertrains, followed by more Chevrolet vehicles throughout the 2016 model year
Out of any model, Silverado drivers make up the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users, according to the automaker. They are using the app more often than most drivers to do things like check tire pressures and oil levels or remotely start their truck.
GM's Global Connected Customer group recently sorted through its data, trying to better understand how Chevrolet customers were using features such as remote start, vehicle diagnostics and 4G LTE wireless connectivity.
"We expected Silverado customers to be mid-pack," GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told Edmunds. "After all, full-size truck customers tend to be male, middle aged and live outside major cities — not exactly the picture of an early adopter.
"Instead, we found they are among the most active users of vehicle connectivity."
Edmunds says: Chevrolet Silverado owners — and other Chevrolet buyers — are about to be more connected to their vehicles than ever.