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Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics Tool From Verizon Gives You Ultimate Control of Your Car Through a Smartphone and Tablet

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Within the last week, Verizon and Delphi partnered up to launch a vehicle diagnostics tool that actually sounds pretty amazing, even to those of us who aren’t car experts. If you were ever in need of a car accessory that could unlock-relock doors, start your engine, open the trunk, tell you what that nagging check engine light means, monitor fuel levels, find your lost parked car, and help you track your car’s location as it drives, this might be something to splurge on.¬†

The tool itself runs $249 for a limited time along with a $5 month-to-month access charge, since it hooks up to Big Red’s network. It should be compatible with most car models released after 1996. You can check compatibility¬†here.

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To use it, you plug the Delphi tool into your vehicle’s OBD-II port and then forget about it. Once plugged in, you can download apps to both your smartphone and tablet that give you full control over your car or truck. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this Delphi tool can tell you what the check engine light that recently appeared in your dash means long before you ever have to think about taking it into an expensive repair shop. It also does things like notify you if your car exceeds 75MPH. The Delphi system will even keep track of your driving history and constantly provide health status.

The device itself runs a Qualcomm chipset, connects to Verizon’s CDMA 1X network (which is almost everywhere), and uses Bluetooth 2.1.

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How tempting is this thing?

Via:  Verizon | Delphi

  • terry

    will be nice when ATT gets one of these. I’d be interested in it just for the remote start but ya need the Verizon plan to utilize it. That $5 mth monitor fee doesn’t extend to non-verizon and then we have the whole CDMA network issues…lovely. Next idea.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Not compatible with 2002 Dodge Stratus RT 3.0

  • Bionicman

    Seems like a lot of confusion about what this thing is. Found this link with pictures and video demo from CES which kind of shows everything it does – http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/08/delphi-verizons-vehicle-diagnostics-hands-on-video/. Sounds like the device connects the car to the cloud server over the Verizon network so the car is always connected and the smartphone app or web portal go directly to the cloud server from anywhere to see vehicle data. The Bluetooth link is only a backup to unlock the door if the cellular link is not working. That would mean you could access all of your vehicle info and controls remotely from anywhere and anytime via the cloud server. There’s a link in the Google Play store to this online web portal demo – http://mycar-demo.delphi.com/ which shows you don’t even need a smartphone to get to the vehicle info from anywhere.

    If all I want is to get in my car and access data from the OBD port then a Bluetooth only dongle like Automatic or the Torque app with one would be enough, but the Delphi device looks really different because it’s an always connected car, with built-in GPS and unlimited keyfob range.

    • Chris Hollenbeck

      Well done on the research. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/VueAskew ViewAskew

    Connected Device Line Access on Share Everything Plans: $5

    Hrm, wonder how that translates to unlimited plans…

  • Total_telecom

    It doesn’t support remote start on any vehicles I searched. Useless…

    • Here’s Johnny

      It supports both vehicles I searched on.
      Buying two of them!

      • Total_telecom

        Cool! Which vehicles did you search?

        • Here’s Johnny

          2008 GMC Sierra
          2010 Chevy Malibu
          I ordered one of them for my Sierra to try it out.
          Now I can start my truck from virtually anywhere. Very helpful in the scorching Arizona summer time temps.

          • Total_telecom

            , it won’t auto start those vehicles, make sure you lookin at the features summary after you enter your vehicle info.

          • Here’s Johnny

            It is remotely starting my Sierra now. I understand the vehicle must have remote start capability which is a feature on the vehicle. Mine has this feature and it works great!

          • Total_telecom

            Congrats! That’s killer!

  • caraudiotech

    Vaporware aleart. This is no better than the Torque and bluetooth OBD2 unless you want geotracking. I checked over 10 vehicles, hondas, chevy, pontiac and none offer the engine start or door lock features. even the one listed in the photo (a 2007 grand prix) only offers geotracking and diagnosics no vehicle controls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/littleg77 Garry Duane Bartle

    Another cheaper alternative is Automatic. It’s not immediately available, but it’s coming soon. The one advantage it has over the Amazon OBD-II/Torque solution is that it uses Bluetooth 4 (BTLE). It’s $70 for the adapter and app together http://www.automatic.com/. I like the “call 911 and up to 3 loved ones in the event of a crash” feature too.

  • umataro42

    I doubt my 2000 Corolla would support some of the fancier options, so at $250 plus $5/month, this seems like a ripoff. I use this setup for when the check engine light comes on.

    ODB2 sensor (under $25):http://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products-Bluetooth-diagnostics-compatible/dp/B005NLQAHS/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1365098253&sr=1-1&keywords=odb2+bluetooth

    Torque Pro ($5): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.prowl.torque&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsIm9yZy5wcm93bC50b3JxdWUiXQ..

    There’s a Torque lite too, but its a helpful app so I figured I’d support the developer. Now I have peace of mind when that light comes on, and all for under $30.

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    Gonna stick with this: http://www.automatic.com
    No remote start since I drive stick.
    Have a keyless entry system so locking/unlocking is not a problem.
    And why in the world would I want to unlock my car when I’m not around?