Car Connection™ picked up by another tier-1 wireless carrier
AT&T today announced an agreement with Audiovox to provide network connectivity to Car Connection, an Audiovox telematics and location-based service system created in partnership with, and powered by, Omnilink®. Car Connection helps consumers monitor, manage and maintain vehicle health and safety. According to Audiovox, the addressable market for this system is approximately 165 million.
The system is a do-it-yourself plug-in On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) device that will work on all post 1996 model year vehicles. The system allows cell phone restriction while driving, vehicle tracking and even has a ‘lot spot’ feature that helps you find your car with Google maps for those times when you forget where you parked it at the mall. Maintenance alerts and reminders are sent directly to you, and the driver-scoring feature lets you coach young drivers and monitor fuel consumption to conserve gas and save money.
The system is also the gateway to additional security and convenience features such as vehicle lock/unlock for remote access and remote start all managed through a smartphone app. For these upgrade features, a consumer would be required to purchase additional security and/or remote start modules and have them professionally installed.
Car Connection currently runs on the Sprint network. With the addition of AT&T, the OBDII device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
“Audiovox is on the leading edge of a wave of connected products that deliver advanced services to cars that would not otherwise be connected,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. “Combining the power of the AT&T network with Audiovox’s telematics solution unlocks amazing sets of capabilities for our customers.”
“I am pleased to add AT&T as a service provider for our OBDII device,” said Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. “AT&T has a solid track record of supporting new and innovative connected devices to the marketplace, and we are very excited about this relationship as it will allow us to continue connecting vehicles and their drivers; providing advanced technology to monitor the vehicle’s health.”
Read the full Audiovox press release.
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