Your plans for a holiday road trip will get far more grins if you also announce that the family car will have Wi-Fi for up to five mobile devices.
The newly launched Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot is designed to link those devices to your favorite Internet services. It’s available online now and will be in Verizon stores on Nov. 21 for $200 ( http://vz.to/1i12bw7), .
Add Delphi Connect to a Verizon Wireless Share Everything account for $5 per month and a separate $5 monthly Delphi Connect subscription charge.
Get started early to work out the hookup for Delphi Connect, because that could require some extra time. It plugs into the on-board diagnostics II port on your car. Cars and light trucks built and sold in the United States after Jan. 1, 1996 were required to be equipped with OBD II.
Look under the dash and behind ashtrays for the port, which must be within 3 feet of the driver and must not require any tools to be revealed. Visit www.obdii.com to get an idea what you’re looking for.
Once the device is connected, download the Delphi app. From your smartphone you’ll get keyless controls, car finder tracking and vehicle diagnostics that can spot problems before you hit the road. That’s in addition to the Wi-Fi for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and mobile entertainment.
Parents can also use the tracking system to keep tabs on their vehicle’s location and speed when their teenager is driving.