What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Get a smoother ride with GM’s new Magnetic Ride Control.

It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!

Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.

How the system works is a tad more complicated.

Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.

That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.

First-Ever Prognostic Technology Debuts in Select 2016 Chevy Vehicles

First-Ever Prognostic Technology

Chevrolet would like to welcome you to the future, where you don’t have to worry about identifying problems in your car—there’s now a technology for that. The American carmaker recently announced the creation of the first-ever prognostic technology, a new system that uses advanced connected vehicle equipment to solve problems with your car before they start, while also notifying you of recalls.

“This is a new chapter in our pursuit to provide customers with convenience and the best overall service in the industry,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, General Motors senior vice president for Global Connected Customer Experience. “Using our innovative OnStar 4G LTE connectivity platform, we can actively monitor vehicle component health and notify our customers if covered vehicle components need attention. Nobody else in the industry is offering this.”

The prognostic system uses General Motors’ OnStar 4G LTE to stream data from the vehicle to the company’s database. This connectivity, along with various sensors throughout the vehicles, allow the company to identify if a component is not working properly, making it easier to bring your car in to the mechanic.

This ground-breaking technology will debut in the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, Silverado, and Silverado HD later this year. For more information on this first-ever prognostic technology, contact Nehls Chevrolet today!