What is Magnetic Ride Control?

General Motors released Magnetic Ride Control over a decade ago and it stands as one of the most advanced suspension systems currently on the road. However, despite being one of the most advanced technologies in today’s vehicles, it’s fairly simple to explain. Let us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet walk you through how Magnetic Ride Control works.

Known as the fastest reacting suspension system around the globe, Magnetic Ride Control makes every ride a smooth one. The shock absorbers are filled with a unique polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and, when they detect an electric charge, the polymer fluid can change from a free-flowing state to a rubber-like density in a split second.

2015 Chevrolet SS with Magnetic Ride ControlAn Electronic Control Unit and sensors read the road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second and adjust the system accordingly. Capable of detecting every crack, bump, and pothole as the car hits it, Magnetic Ride Control adjusts instantaneously, effectively providing a smoother ride, less vibration, and improved handling.

That combination makes Magnetic Ride Control perfect for almost any terrain. Track-oriented vehicles benefit from improved handling while cruising on country roads are as smooth as can be. First debuting on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is bound to stick around for years to come.

OnStar Proactive Alerts Help Drivers Avoid Potential Repairs

One of the stressful parts of owning a car is keeping up with the maintenance. Even if you come in for regular service, there’s always the chance that an unpredictable issue might come up.

But are all issues unpredictable? Not according to Chevrolet, who introduced OnStar Proactive Alerts, the industry’s first predictive technology that allows your vehicle to warn you about potential maintenance needs before they even occur.

OnStar Proactive AlertsOnStar Proactive Alerts is inspired by the technology used on the Boeing 787, which sends in-flight messages to ground crews about parts that need inspection before the plane arrives. When Chevrolet owners opt-in to the service after buying a car at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, the system will continually monitor the health of the vehicle’s fuel pump, 12-volt battery, and starter motor. If any anomalies are detected, OnStar will notify the driver to take their vehicle in for service. This will help owners catch otherwise hard-to-detect problems and save on repairs.

“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind by taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Holland, GM chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management.