On Electronics - June 2013
Delphi, Verizon: Car Meets Cloud
In yet another car meets cloud device, Verizon Wireless (verizonwireless.com) and Delphi Automotive (delphi.com) are now selling the Vehicle Diagnostics By Delphi tool, that lets owners keep even closer tabs on their ride.
The $250 device (plus activation fee) lets owners use their smartphone, tablet or computer to track, locate and unlock their car. The system works with vehicles starting in the 1996 model year to today. It provides alerts when the car exits certain “geo-fences,” or pre-selected boundaries, summarizes all trips from engine start to stop, connects smartphones to vehicles via fob commands, and monitors the car’s vital health signs.
The system operates through a Delphi smartphone app that’s currently available for Android 2.2 and above, Apple iOS 5.0 and later, as well on as a Delphi website. Data transmitted through the Delphi connectivity system is encrypted when sent over the Verizon Wireless network.