Not everybody needs—or even wants—a completely connected car. As we previously discussed, 20 percent of connected car owners have never used as many as half of the high-tech features available in their vehicles: in-car concierge, mobile routers for wireless Internet connectivity, automatic parking systems, head-up display, and other built-in apps.
The following devices can make almost any car “smart.” Just plug them into your vehicle’s OBD-II port (also called a diagnostic port)–located under the steering wheel or on the driver’s side foot well in all cars and light trucks built after 1996.
Samsung Connect Auto
Samsung joins the connected car game with Samsung Connect Auto. The device is still in the prototype phase, but its release is planned for the second quarter of this year. Samsung Connect Auto will be powered from its own 4G LTE data connection (no smartphone connection needed).
Vinli creates a mobile hotspot with features like collision detection, maintenance reminders, GPS for finding your parked car and keeping tabs on people borrowing the car (perhaps your teenage driver), and SMS for emergencies, writes Digital Trends.
Like Samsung Connect Auto and Vinli, Voyo has accident alerts, mobile hotspot capabilities, and maintenance alerts. But, according to Tech.co, its capabilities extend further: Voyo tracks traffic patterns and then uploads the info to the cloud. So, for example, if one Voyo user swerves to avoid a pothole, users behind them will see it marked on their maps and they can easily avoid the hazard.