Local dealerships offer new technology for older vehicles

car connection

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Most newer vehicles are capable of connecting to a smartphone, but those who have older models now have a new option to bring their cars up to speed.

It is called Car Connection 2.0 and allows any car, model years 1996 and newer, to connect to the Internet with a smartphone through the AT&T network. Users plug their device into the OBDII Port under the dashboard and register as a new user on the account.

That user can then block texting, track speeding, get texts if the car is in an accident, monitor the car’s location and get vehicle maintenance reports. The application also connects users with emergency roadside assistance and emergency and stolen vehicle assistance.

AT&T Account Executive Carrie Toth said Car Connection 2.0 gives users the piece of mind that the driver is safe.

“Safety and security is big for people, so everybody wants to know where their car is or are the people who are driving their cars safe, is the car secure?” she said.

Only a handful of dealerships in the area are selling the device and service, including Haus Auto in Canfield, #1 Power GM in East Liverpool and Elkton Auto Corral in Lisbon.

The device costs about $250 for the first year and then $99 for each year after that. It requires an active data plan and is compatible through iOS and Android phones.

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