Monday, July 22, 2013

AT&T Delivers Audiovox Vehicle Diagnostics/Tracking

AT&T is partnering with Audiovox Electronics to provide a telematics and location-based service system to help consumers monitor, manage and maintain vehicle health and safety.

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 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 plans to market its telematics solution through its nationwide distribution network.  Key capabilities include:

  • Vehicle maintenance alerts and reminders sent to a smartphone
  • Cell phone restriction while driving, 
  • Vehicle tracking 
  • "Lot Spot" -- feature that shows a Google map of cars location in a parking lot
  • Coaching -- helping young drivers to monitor fuel consumption
  • Vehicle lock/unlock for remote access and remote start 

"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."