T-Mobile today announced the SyncUP DRIVE, a plug-in device for automobiles which provides safety and analytics tools, alerts, and notifications to users. Moreover, it gives cars a Wi-Fi hotspot which allows for sharing to up to five devices.
The SyncUP DRIVE, which plugs into most vehicle OBD-II ports, is like having a mechanic constantly diagnose and evaluate your car. Paired with the OBD reader app, it lets you know what’s going on with your vehicle. Should your auto end up on a recall list, the app will alert you. Additionally, the device can alert you to maintenance reminders and notify of troubles.
The device captures driver behavior information such as acceleration and braking, speed, and RPM. The device also reports vehicle location via GPS and can report on common vehicle issues called Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC).
Parents will like having the ability to monitor driving behavior and/or setting speed alerts. Further, the SyncUP DRIVE can help share its location should your car or truck end up stolen.
Manufactured by ZTE, the SyncUP DRIVE is compatible with most cars from 1996 to today. The SyncUP Drive unit costs $150, however T-Mobile will offer it free to customers provided they sign up to a two-year service plan with at least 2GB of data per month. Look for the device in participating T-Mobile stores and online at www.t-mobile.com starting November 18.