Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s largest communications and media companies, has debuted a connected car device. The company is giving Canadians the ability to stay connected, enjoy entertainment and receive vehicle diagnostics while driving.
"Consumers are looking for more ways to stay connected wherever they are. Of the 24 million cars on Canada's roads today, over three-quarters don't have Wi-Fi or any connectivity features," said Leroy Williams, a VP at Rogers. "We're excited to be the first carrier to introduce this kind of device to Canadians. Now, families can have peace of mind about their car maintenance and safety and can connect to the things and people they love worry-free."
With the device and associated Share Everything wireless plan, customers can track their car's location and set alerts to monitor vehicle speed; turn their car into a Wi-Fi hotspot; and diagnose car trouble, get maintenance reminders, and be alerted of disturbances, like being hit while parked.
Built by ZTE and powered by Mojio's open platform for connected cars, the Rogers Smart Drive device is compatible with most vehicles built after 1996 and simply plugs into the car's On Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) port. Customers can purchase the device for $99 on a two-year term and add it to their Share Everything plan for $15/month, plus they get a 1 GB bonus of shareable data for 12 months.
"Now, customers can access information about their car and family member location right at their fingertips no matter where they are. By simply checking the Rogers Smart Drive app, they can know their elderly parent is getting safely to the grocery store or why the 'check engine' light turned on. This is the ultimate connected experience for your car,” he added.