Cars are big investments. We plunk down tens of thousands of dollars to purchase them, and then thousands more to fuel and maintain them over the years. But now, in the era of less expensive, more efficient embedded M2M solutions, drivers can get some help in assessing the health of their vehicles as well as monitoring their own driving habits and location. A new solution from Audiovox, called Car Connection, is designed to help drivers monitor, manage and maintain their vehicles.
The solution, which is now available at retail outlets nationwide, boasts a unique interface that users can access from their desktops, tablets or smartphones. It allows users to monitor driving habits, track vehicle locations using geo-fencing options, and helps locate vehicles in crowded parking lots.
“Car Connection is one of the most exciting products we have brought to market in some time,” said Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics, in a statement. “As our tag (News - Alert) line says, it will allow consumers to Monitor, Manage and Maintain their vehicles health; the habits of the drivers…knowing how fast or aggressively your teenage son is driving or whether your daughter is using her cell phone while driving or where your aging parent has wandered off to with the family car.”
In order to activate all of the Car Connection features, users must sign up for an Omnilink account, which is available at a number of different price points, depending on length of the service plan.
Audiovox is working with Agnik for vehicle analytic data and with Onmilink for the online interface. In addition, Audiovox is working with embedded M2M solutions expert Sprint (News - Alert), which will provide the wireless access.
“Sprint is excited to be working with Audiovox and this announcement underscores our commitment to making transportation safer and more efficient,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We have a dedicated team that fast tracks M2M solutions to market. So far, Sprint has certified hundreds of M2M solutions and has millions of devices running on its network today. Sprint is committed to making transportation safer through our dependable and continually improving network.”
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli