Delphi partners with Verizon to release “Vehicle Diagnostic” for $250

by Sayan Chakravarty

Together with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive has released “Vehicle Diagnostics”, touted as a first-in-class product it allows the user to track, locate, secure, access and monitor their vehicle using car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service. The company claims it works with most vehicle sold in the United States newer than 1996. It was unveiled at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The product is priced at $250 plus $3 as activation charge, the package includes a Delphi Adapter to be connected to the vehicle’s OBD-II port. The cost covers 2-years service and after that the buyer will have to pay a non-contracted sum of $5 per month.

The device can be operated with an app (Apple iOS 5.0 and later, Android 2.2 and later, or a variety of popular web browsers) and it gives a host of options to the user. It monitors the overall health of the vehicle, receive e-mail alerts for select driving and vehicle performance issues, set up geo-fences and receive e-mail alerts for entry and exit, summarize all trips from engine start to stop (date, times, distance, starting and ending locations) and connect a smartphone to a car via Bluetooth for key fob commands. Not all vehicles are compatible, the list of compatible vehicles can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

[Via – Autoblog]

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