Harman is introducing a device to convert almost any car into a state-of-the-art connected car.
The Harman Spark, being offered exclusively by AT&T, works with most 1996 models and newer and plugs into the on-board diagnostic port (OBD II) beneath the steering wheel of cars.
The device costs $80 with $5 a month rate plans, excluding Wi-Fi. Features of the service include in-app payments, on-demand roadside assistance, geofencing, a virtual mechanic, emergency crash assistance, Wi-Fi hotspot capability for up to eight devices and parking reservations.
Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, partnered with Tantalum, an automotive software company, to incorporate the features.
“With Harman Spark, just about any car can be transformed into an LTE connected car,” stated Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “You get the most advanced connected services available on new cars.”