AT&T Connects Audiovox OBDII Telematics Device

AT&T Connects Audiovox OBDII Telematics Device
U.S. wireless operator AT&T has announced an agreement with Audiovox Electronics to provide network connectivity to their OBDII consumer telematics device, Audiovox Car Connection.

The system is a small device that the user plugs on the On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) port of the car - it usually works on all post 1996 model year vehicles.

The system allows cell phone restriction while driving, vehicle tracking (including geofence alerts) and has a parking lot location reminder that helps user find his car.

Maintenance alerts and reminders are sent to the user, and the driver scoring feature let him/her coach young drivers and monitor fuel consumption to conserve gas and save money.

The system can also be upgraded to support additional security and convenience features such as vehicle lock/unlock for remote access and remote start all managed through a smartphone app. For these features, a consumer would be required to purchase additional security and/or remote start modules and have them professionally installed.

Audiovox Car Connection costs $170 and has a $19.95 one-time wireless carrier device activation fee. Then the subcription plan costs $9.95 per month or $89.95 per year. It is currently sold by Sears and more retailers are expected to join the distribution network.

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

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