Delphi Automotive PLC has launched a connectivity device to connect the cars which were made after 1996 to the cloud-based telematics systems. The service based on this device called "Delphi Connect" is going to be introduced in Europe early 2014. Car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service and works in most vehicles built from 1996 and later. To connect to the cloud -based services car owners have to plug in Delphi connect module to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of their vehicle, which is mostly located under the steering column.
This module enables car to store vehicle information on a secure cloud server. Driver/user can access vehicle information on a smart phone or a web portal. The information includes vehicle health alerts and any immediate repairs required. Drivers can monitor, track and locate their car anywhere, at any time. Additionally, drivers also can receive warnings remotely in case a certain speed level is exceeded, which can be useful for professional fleet managers or for parents of young drivers.
The benefits of this module/services as per Delphi includes:
- Vehicle health alerts: Automatic notices about a problem or potential problem with the vehicle is sent to its owners. For example, warnings about engine issues, emissions issues, safety issues, etc.
- Vehicle tracking: Real-time vehicle tracking on a map, showing the vehicle’s position, speed and direction.- Vehicle location: A car can be easily located and accessed anywhere and at anytime without having to remember to tag its original location.
- Driving history / driver’s logbook: Provides a summary of driving trips
- Safe driver monitoring: Locates the vehicle when driven by others. The vehicle’s owner also can specify designated areas (also known as geo-fencing) for the vehicle to travel. For example, the system can notify fleet owners of their vehicle’s exit or entry to and from a pre-determined destination.
The system operates through downloadable Delphi smartphone apps, available for Android 2.2 and Apple iOS 5.0 and later devices, as well as a Delphi Web portal. Data transmitted through the Delphi connectivity system remains secure and encrypted.
“Thanks to Delphi Connect, drivers will now have easy access to useful information about their car. It will help keep vehicles secure and operating optimally” said Pietro Ottavis, vice president, Delphi Infotainment & Driver Interface.
Delphi Connect is initially going to be launched in Germany and later in other European countries.