In an era where cars and trucks double as online data and information portals, GMC’s engineers have created a first-of-its-kind gigantic signal-testing facility to ensure that data, cellular and other signals remain active in areas where wireless signal strength is limited. The GMC Yukon Denali for sale in Columbia SC is one of the first vehicles to benefit from the technology, which looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.
GM created the world’s first vehicle-sized electronically modulated spherical near-field antenna testing system–or just ATS for short–in partnership with wireless transmission technology giant SATIMO SA (Société d’Applications Technologiques de l’Imagerie Micro-Onde SA). Resembling half of an archway reaching many feet above the Yukon, the $750,000 ATS beams signals from 103 discrete probes down to Yukon placed on a rotating platform.
The data is used to optimize satellite antenna design and placement on GMC’s portfolio of trucks and SUVs.
“There are only two other vehicle antenna validation systems like this anywhere in the world,” said Janalee Graham, who runs testing for GMC using the ATS arch. “And ours was the first.
“The ATS system lets us test the antenna systems on the GMC Yukon Denali in virtually every possible real-world condition,” said Graham. “What would take other automakers days of testing can be done in minutes with this system.”
Graham confesses to dragging her family to remote parts of the country to spot test XM satellite radio and OnStar signals on GMC trucks and SUVs, saying “they’ve been unwittingly pulled into my antenna obsession on several occasions while traveling.” (A three-month trial of XM Satellite Radio and six months of OnStar with turn-by-turn navigation is standard equipment on all Yukon models.)
GM’s antenna testing system is one of many behind-the-scenes facilities that make the 2011 GMC Yukon Denali a technology leader. Other technologies available on the 2011 GMC Yukon Denali, such as regenerative braking and active fuel management, are designed to provide efficiency, refinement and comfort without sacrificing professional grade capability.
2011 GMC Yukon Denali available from Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia SC
The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali, which benefits from this advanced testing, is available now from Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, South Carolina. Jim Hudson GMC is the oldest GMC dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, and carries a great selection of used and new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models to suit the needs of Columbia’s drivers. Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership in Columbia, South Carolina an unmatched ten years in a row in The State’s annual Readers Choice poll, which underscores their commitment to complete customer satisfaction. For more information, visit Jim Hudson GMC’s GMC Yukon Columbia SC page on their website, or call (803) 783-0110.
GMC Yukon for sale in Columbia SC
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