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OnStar adds fleet telematics solution for managers and drivers

Fleet managers can access their vehicles' information from a desktop or laptop computer, or a tablet.

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Ford Commercial Solutions already offered connected fleet telematics insights to owners and now General Motors is getting in on the game with OnStar Vehicle Insights. The software solution has just become available and relays real-time vehicle data.

"We listened to our fleet customers' feedback and have created a turnkey telematics solution," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. "OnStar Vehicle Insights helps simplify the fleet management process, allowing our fleet customers, large and small, to save time and money."

OnStar Insights screen SUV truck car Chevrolet Cadillac GMC OnStar Insights allows fleet managers to have the tools that they need at their fingertips.Photo courtesy of General Motors

The OnStar system features a number of insights designed to give business owners and fleet managers a better understanding of their fleet's operational efficiency.

Features include:

  • Vehicle Locator - View the location of all fleet vehicles in real time.
  • Vehicle Health - View vehicle mileage, oil life and fuel efficiency, as well as receive preventative service prompts and maintenance notifications.
  • Driver Performance - View driver behaviors and trips taken, and receive safety alerts around specific events, like exceeding a specified speed limit.
  • Business Insights - View a simplified performance dashboard that aggregates data and presents trends that are helpful for business operation.

There are also a number of tools available:

  • Remote Commands - Lock, unlock and remote start a vehicle from the OnStar Vehicle Insights website instead of waiting on a locksmith.
  • Trip Summaries - Maintain and reference trip history in an organized manner.
  • Driving Performance - Drivers can view their driving behaviors, like hard-braking events, as well as their driver performance score, so they are aware of any behaviors that need improvement.

"This is just the beginning for OnStar Vehicle Insights," said Michelle Calloway, head of OnStar Vehicle Insights, GM Global Innovation. "We plan to expand our service offerings over time, including the addition of mixed fleet compatibility, so even more customers will have the ability to experience the benefits of our telematics solution in the future."

OnStar Insights fleet management software GMC Chevrolet Cadillac Fleet mangers can see what their vehicles are doing at any time.Photo courtesy of General Motors

OnStar Vehicle Insights is compatible with most 2015 model year and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. This does not include the Volt, City Express vans, Low Cab Forward Trucks, and GM vehicles built without OnStar hardware including some base Chevrolet and GMC truck models.

OnStar Vehicle Insights costs $15.99 per vehicle, per month. No long term contract is required. The cost does not include OnStar emergency or security services.

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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Urus has six drive modes for on- and off-road driving.

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The Lamborghini Urus is a whole lot of race car packed into one SUV. It's dynamic and engaging and immensely practical, but not very fuel efficient. It can conquer city streets, trails, ice, and tracks. The Urus may be more car than you realize.

That starts under the hood where the Urus packs at 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 640 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. That propels the two-row SUV from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is 190 mph.

Lamborghini engineers have developed six different driving modes plus EGO, a fully customizable drive experience, for the Urus. Drivers are able to select the way their vehicle's rigidity with selections enabling everything from sporty and aggressive riding to a comfortable cruise, steering, and traction.

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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Anima in Italian means "soul" but in Lamborghini speak, the word is short for Adaptive Network Intelligent Management. Using the Anima selector in the center console to the left side of the electronic shifter of the Urus, drivers can select from Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia, Terra, and Neve drive modes. Three of the modes are for on-road driving and three are for off-road experiences.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Neve

This mode is designed for winter weather driving conditions. Slick, slippery, and snowy conditions that require extra traction tech are this mode's speciality.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Sabbia

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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When you're heading off-road and require more ground clearance, the Sabbia drive mode is here to help. It's especially effective on sand dunes like those in Nazarè, Portugal, where the above picture was taken.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Sport

There's comfortable cruising and then there's an engaging drive in the country.This drive mode is for the latter. It is ready and eager for the Urus to traverse uphills, downhills, and turns, giving the driver the agility they need to tackle the terrain.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Corsa

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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The Lamborghini Urus is track-ready in Corsa mode. The drive mode is the most performance oriented of the bunch. It works to minimize roll to deliver a thoroughly engaging drive experience.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Strada

Use your Lamborghini as a daily runaround? The Lamborghini Urus has a drive mode for that. Strada ups the comfort factor of the ride and enhances the height of the Urus at speed.

Lamborghini Urus drive modes: Terra

2021 Lamborghini Urus

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When drivers are ready to turn off-road, it's time to turn on the Terra drive mode. Drivers looking to spend more time on the trail will want to switch up their performance tires for something more substantial.

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