Verizon Vehicle to Connect the Unconnected Cars
Verizon Communications' telematics business today unveiled Verizon Vehicle, a connected module that plugs into cars and provides internet access. Verizon Vehicle is meant to bring online services to older cars that shipped without such connections built in. The module, which plugs into a car's diagnostic port, can diagnose mechanical problems, summon tow trucks or roadside assistance, or allow a live technician to access the car's computer remotely to suggest potential fixes. Jeff Leddy, chief executive officer of Verizon Telematics, told Bloomberg that the company wanted to offer people safety and security services first, which is why the initial batch of features mirror those of OnStar. It may later add turn-by-turn navigation or concierge services. The module is compatible with some 9,000 models released since 1996. Verizon did not say how much the module and associated service will cost, but said it plans to launch Verizon Vehicle during the second quarter.
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