Verizon Is Turning Any Car Into A Connected Car With Hum

Car makers are building all sorts of connectivity into their cars. And for older cars, a number of startups like Automatic, Zubie and Mojio have emerged with gadgets that let people turn their plain old dumb cars into a connected car. Now Verizon is jumping into the game with Hum. A direct-to-consumer product, […]

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Car makers are building all sorts of connectivity into their cars. And for older cars, a number of startups like Automatic, Zubie and Mojio have emerged with gadgets that let people turn their plain old dumb cars into a connected car.  Now Verizon is jumping into the game with Hum. A direct-to-consumer product, Hum is designed for drivers to be able install themselves in older cars. Hum consists of two pieces of hardware: a cellular modem that users plug into the diagnostics port and a Bluetooth-connected speaker that’s placed on the visor.   Connected to a car’s diagnostic system, the device is supposed to be able to predict car issues and tell the car owner about them before anything problematic should arise. In the Hum app, it shows information like miles per gallon, vehicle health and battery level. The car owner receives daily, weekly and monthly reports on the car’s health.   Verizon is also embedding Hum with a number of services: roadside assistance, emergency assistance, mechanic hotlines, parking location reminder and stolen vehicle finder. If the driver gets an accident and doesn’t report anything, for example, the Hum system will assume something is wrong and contact local emergency services. Verizon will even try to sell you hotel discounts through Hum.   Hum launches today. The hardware is valued at $120, but will cost consumers $15 a month for a subscription plan.

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