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myBuick App Upgrade Monitors Driving Habits for Insurance Discounts

It’s common knowledge that responsible drivers with safe driving habits are often eligible for insurance discounts. However, sometimes monitoring your driving habits for insurance purposes can be a hassle. The myBuick app upgrade is changing that. Not only will the app monitor driving habits and provide drivers with available insurance discounts, but it will also alert you about specific poor driving habits and offer tips for improving your driving tendencies.

Buick’s web-based Smart Driver service launched back in 2016, which used OnStar diagnostics to give drivers insight into their driving. It also allows users of the Smart Driver service to sign up for insurance discounts while keeping their information private. The Smart Driver services have now been integrated into the myBuick app to provide users with even more convenience and accessibility.

Regular reports from the myBuick app will inform drivers of their gas mileage, how often they make hard brakes or accelerate quickly, the frequency of high-speed or nighttime drives, and total miles they’ve driven. In addition to a Smart Driver score that rates safe driving habits, it will also provide tips for improving that score. As more drivers get access to the myBuick app upgrade, Buick expects the current number of Insurance Discounts Eligibility program members (approximately 100,000) to increase.

Besides pursuing safe driving habits, you can also choose a safe vehicle to enhance your protection on the road. Stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC to take one of our reliable models for a test drive.

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V2V Safety Standard on Cadillac CTS Sedans

Cadillac CTS Sedan V2V safetyCadillac doesn’t just reign superior when it comes to style. Safety matters, too! That’s why V2V safety technology is now standard on all Cadillac CTS sedans.

What does V2V stand for? It means “Vehicle-to-Vehicle” communications, and the addition of V2V to CTS sedans creates a communication network between vehicles. This new safety feature makes it easier to avoid accidents or traffic jams.

A Dedicated Short-Range Communications system and GPS work together to deliver messages between models. V2V alerts drivers of hazardous situations like slippery conditions, hard braking, and disabled vehicles.

But you, as the driver, don’t have to do anything. When a car approaches an intersection, V2V technology will scan for other vehicles, taking in information about their positions, speeds, and directions. With this information, the system suggests what issues there might be ahead of drivers.

“V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners. Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision,” said Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy.

With V2V, every commute will be that much easier. If you’re curious about how it works, come down to Richard Karr Motors and check out the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

GM OnStar Go System: Innovative Mobility Technologies

Partnering with IBM, GM has developed the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility system. Building on technologies like OnStar and IBM’s Watson, the new GM OnStar Go system is made to connect drivers with their favorite brands, so you can receive personalized content, digital channels, and more.

According to GM, the new system will allow drivers to enhance their experience behind the wheel. For example, you can avoid traffic when low on gas, find gas and pay from the dash, pre-order coffee if you are on the go, and get in-vehicle entertainment and info customized for your personal needs.

“On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car and are looking for ways to optimize their time,” said Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy. “By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive.”

GM’s goal is to expand the OnStar Go system to make it more available to customers by the end of 2017. Other features allow you to receive restaurant recommendations from IBM’s Watson, and you can also get alerts to see when in-store pickups are ready. The possibilities are nearly limitless. We can’t wait to see this new system in action.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Developed by General Motors in the early 2000s, Magnetic Ride Control is still in use today. First debuting on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, the system is in its third generation and is one of the most advanced suspension systems to ever hit the automotive market. Although it may seem complicated, Magnetic Ride Control is relatively easy to understand. Let us here at Richard Karr Motors explain.

Magnetic Ride Control makes use of an Electronic Control Unit and many sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second, making it the fastest reacting suspension system on the market. Capable of reading every crack, pothole, twist, and bump as the car crosses it, the system adjusts the shock absorbers accordingly. The end result is a smoother ride with less vibrations and improved cornering.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has Magnetic Ride ControlThe shock absorbers themselves are filled with a polymer fluid unique to the Magnetic Ride Control system. That fluid is filled with magnetized iron particles that can change their viscosity from a free-flowing liquid to dense rubber instantaneously. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and send electric charges through the fluid, allowing it to adjust to road conditions.

Magnetic Ride Control is found in many track-oriented vehicles, including the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Offering improved handling and a smoother ride, the system is perfect for the track and bumpy country roads alike.