Com­pany Launches a Con­nect De­vice to Turn Your Used Car into a Smart Car

Consumer Voice - - Loans For Used Cars -

A lead­ing multi-brand used-car com­pany (Mahin­dra First Choice Wheels) has launched Kon­nect First, a de­vice that can ‘up­grade a used car into a smart car’ at a cost of a few thou­sand ru­pees (less than Rs 8,000). The com­pany claims that this de­vice, which has been de­vel­oped by Wipro, is dif­fer­ent be­cause it is com­pat­i­ble with 200+ car vari­ants across brands and en­ables users to in­ter­act with the ve­hi­cle via a mo­bile app, avail­able on both iOS and An­droid plat­forms. It of­fers car own­ers a com­pre­hen­sive pack­age of safety, loss pre­ven­tion, util­ity, main­te­nance and driv­ing an­a­lyt­ics in one seam­less in­ter­face. The de­vice can be plugged into most cars’ OBD ports. Such de­vices have been in­tro­duced in the past in the In­dian mar­ket. For ex­am­ple, Honda Cars In­dia Lim­ited had launched a sim­i­lar con­nect­ing de­vice (Don­gle). Once in­stalled, users can share their lo­ca­tion in real time, lo­cate their car if some­one else is driv­ing it, mon­i­tor the health of the en­gine, and get re­minders if car ser­vice is due. All these ap­pear on the smart­phone app one has in­stalled. Such de­vices are not pro­vided by all car­mak­ers but an app on a smart­phone works more or less like the de­vices men­tioned above, pro­vid­ing users nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices, per­son­alised search sup­port, 3D maps with live traffic up­dates, ve­hi­cle main­te­nance data, and road­side as­sis­tance, among other fea­tures. Source: The Fi­nan­cial Ex­press

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