Cars have consistently been back in the headlines over the last few weeks and months. This is largely due to the launch of Android Auto. That said, Android in cars has reinvigorated the tech market in general and now we are seeing more and more technology getting released for cars. Only this morning, at the North American International Auto Show we saw Verizon unveil a new product for your car and it is a rather interesting one. ‘Verizon Vehicle’, as it is being dubbed, offers Verizon customers the opportunity to make their car ‘connected’ and comes with some neat features.
First up, drivers will be able to access diagnostic information at their fingertips. Not to mention, the ‘connected car’ will also be able to receive quicker and more efficient roadside assistance with the employment of GPS to accurately locate the stranded car’s position. Live assistance will also be accessible by a simple press of the button, for when you are in danger or need assistance, as well as providing possible information directly from A.S.E. Certified Mechanics. If you are wondering how this will all be achieved and how you can make your car connected, then it is quite simple. The only piece of kit needed is an OBD reader which according to Verizon can be self-installed in the under-dash diagnostics port. There is also a Bluetooth enabled speaker which is attached to the visor and a smartphone app. That’s the lot to turn your car into a connected car. Once installed, features on offer will include GPS-directed pinpoint Roadside Assistance, Automatic Urgent Incident Alert System, One-Button SOS Assistance, Auto Health, System with Predictive Diagnostics , Mechanic’s Hotline , Parking & Meter Tools, Maintenance Alerts and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.
If you are liking the idea of the service then a subscription will be needed to make the service live. In terms of pricing, the subscription will cost $14.99 per month and will be available in Q2 of 2015. However, until then Verizon have opened up a pre-registration page to get your order processing. So what do you think? Do you like the idea of a quick fix connected car? Let us know.