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    Mar182013

    The Giz Wiz, Week of March 19, 2013, Netcast 1408

    Keep track of where your car is, even when you're not in it! Plus a WHOLE lot more.

    Car Connection by Audiovox is simple, do it yourself telematics device that enables you to monitor, manage and maintain vehicle performance under the hood and behind the wheel. The device is a small module that fits in the palm of your hand and plugs in under the dash in the OBDII port available on almost all cars post 1996. Car Connection tracks your vehicle every five minutes, provides vehicle maintenance alerts and monitors your driving habits, Car connection can even create a driver score that can be used to coach young drivers. Outside of just plugging it in Car Connection requires no installation. It sends alerts directly to your laptop, smart phone or tablet. Being a typical native New Yorker, I don’t own a car. But AudioVox sent me a list of the things Car Connection allows you to do. And here they are: Control a driver’s cell phone use through software that restricts the ability to send or receive calls and texts while driving. Track a vehicle from a laptop, smart phone or tablet and provide walking directions back to your car. Receive an alert if the driver leaves a pre-set safety zone. Receive vehicle safety and maintenance alerts to identify recommended repairs before heading to the mechanic. Car Connection by Audiovox is currently available at Sears and Pep Boys for $169.99 with a required monthly or annual service plan. There is also a one-time activation fee of $19.95. Plans start at under $10 a month, and are cheaper on an annual basis.

    www.mycar-connection.com

    See or hear this episode: www.twit.tv/giz1408   This link goes live late 3/19/13

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