Plug-In Device Turns Older Vehicles Into Smart Cars
'Car Connection' from Audiovox connects to a car’s OBD-II port and enables the owner to receive information about safety and security.
- 27 march 2013
A simple device from Audiovox called ‘Car Connection‘ plugs into a vehicle’s OBD-II port (standard on all cars made after 1996) and creates a smart two-way interface. Once connected, the owner can receive information to improve the safety and security of the car.
You can ask for reports about your driving habits that provide coaching and fuel saving tips, track the vehicle’s location online or from a smartphone in real-time, and help the authorities locate the car if it’s stolen.
The device can guide you back to your car no matter where you are, which is helpful in a busy parking lot. It can also restrict phone usage while driving and allows you to set ‘Safety Zones’ for others. These are geo-fence boundaries and instant alerts are sent out if they are breached; useful if you don’t want your teenager taking your car for long road trips.
Car Connection also provides information about your vehicle’s health and diagnostic reports about preventative maintenance for tires, brakes, shocks, and more. It is available for $170, with a subscription fee of $10 a month or $90 for a year, and a one-time activation fee of $20. Check out the video below to see a tutorial: