T-Mobile Adds To Connected Cars

While many business entities are pursuing the development of self-driving vehicles, the actual connections in cars will come well before full autonomy.

One example of this is T-Mobile’s updated Syncup Drive, a connected car feature compatible with many cars already on the road.

The newly modified app shows gas prices in nearby stations, and provides on a dashboard an overview of the car’s condition, with color-coded icons to prioritize what needs attention first and a virtual glovebox that stores a digital copy of insurance, registration and maintenance records.

The Syncup Drive feature turns a car into mobile hotspot with in-vehicle Wi-Fi, helps locate the location of the car when parked and analyzes driving behavior.

Like other similar systems, this one plugs into the car’s on-board diagnostic port, a standard feature on most cars manufactured after 1996.

The system costs $4 a month, since it’s really a service rather than a product.

This type of car connectivity is becoming more common, whether supplied by carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T, or auto manufacturers.

The features are aimed at enhancing a driver’s experience rather than replacing the driver.

While many drivers still prefer to do the driving themselves, they could be open to increased connectivity to help them along.

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , June 21, 2019 at 2:44 p.m.

    I need my registration , insurance , loan payments, availble for people to down load WHY?
    And the maintainence records, won't be "sold" to car-care companies? All of a sudden ads on your phone, your car screen, laptop, tablet....................for insurance, parts, restaurants........................  What cinema you just visited  , and on and on!!!
    what's wrong with people who want to expose every aspect of their lives for the sacrifice of privacy ???

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