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[January 07, 2013]

Delphi unveils new cloud-based automotive connectivity service

Jan 07, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Delphi Automotive PLC, a supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive and commercial vehicles, has unveiled its new cloud-based automotive connectivity service for consumers.

Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi is a device that provides a car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service. Drivers can mimic their key fob functions to control their car, track, locate, access, secure and monitor their vehicles anywhere at any time with a smartphone or browser. The device works in most vehicles sold in the US from 1996 onward, Delphi said.


The system operates through a downloadable Delphi smartphone app, available for Android 2.2 and later and Apple iOS 5.0 and later devices, as well as a Delphi Web portal that is compatible with Internet Explorer 7 and later, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Firefox browsers. Data transmitted through the Delphi connectivity system remains secure and encrypted over the Verizon Wireless network.

"Drivers can now easily buy a connectivity device that plugs into most vehicles produced over the past 16 years, instantly furnishing seamless interaction and connectivity inside and outside the vehicle," said Jeffrey Owens, Delphi chief technology officer. "Our device will help keep vehicles secure and operating optimally." The Delphi connectivity system's key fob service operates over the Verizon Wireless network or via Bluetooth to remotely lock or unlock doors, open the trunk, start or stop the engine and operate a panic horn on select vehicles. The Delphi Connected Car App and the Connected Car Website will display the last location where a vehicle was parked; the address and coordinates where it is situated; and a map with directions to the vehicle.

To help families stay aware of their drivers whereabouts, the system will designate up to six circular 'fences' around locations where drivers are permitted to travel and will issue alerts when the vehicle enters or exits a fenced area. The system's Live Tracking feature enables real-time vehicle tracking with five-second updates, showing vehicle speed and heading. The system also will report on the vehicle's condition and display a list of issues found, the company added.

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