VOXX (Audiovox) announced that the next generation of its Car Connection car tracking device will launch in April adding roadside assistance.
It also announced an entry level, Do-it-Yourself version of the Car Connection. It uses Bluetooth to link users to basic safety features via a smartphone. It allows text blocking and teen restrictions such as speed limit alerts if your teen exceeds a proscribed speed. Users may also access an emergency call center. The device installs “in minutes” and will be available in April at $99.99 suggested retail price with monthly fees starting at $9.99 (with no contract).
The Car Connection DIY and the new Car Connection 2.0 with automatic emergency SOS and roadside assistance both use a device that plugs into the OBD2 port of all cars produced since the mid 90s.
The device also rates your driving so you can participate in a discount program with insurance carriers.
VOXX announced at CES that 16 insurance companies now support the device. After two weeks of using Car Connection, insurance companies send you a quote for a new policy that can result in 15 to 20 percent savings.
Car Connection 2.0 uses a 3G OBD2 device and now automatically calls the response center when the vehicle detects a severe crash has occurred.
Users of Car Connection 2.0 also get stolen vehicle recovery.
These services are added to the original Car Connection that offers car tracking, text blocking (to prevent distraction while driving), vehicle health reports, remote access and other services.
Car Connection 2.0 has a suggested retail price of $169.95 plus subscription fees.
It is on display at the CES Show this week at Central Hall Booth 10417 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.