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"Technology that monitors a new car's engine performance and sends detailed trouble alerts to an owner's cellphone is now becoming available to owners of older model vehicles using inexpensive add-ons.
The idea is to give all car owners access to data generated by the diagnostic port that connects to various sensors built into most vehicles. Mechanics at garages have long used that information to help diagnose a car's problems.
The gadgets allow car owners to track metrics over time such as the car's speed, fuel economy and to decode the check-engine light."
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"Volvo is on the way to making the car a mobile delivery hub for shoppers, with the debut of a pilot program that delivers groceries to your car.
The service allows consumers to have goods delivered to their car, no matter where it is parked. They choose their car as a delivery option when ordering stuff online via a smartphone or tablet.
The delivery person gets a one-time-use digital key that opens the truck and then locks it. The key is accessed via a secure app that's part of the Volvo On Call telematics system."
Volvo Testing Mobile Deliveries to Car
"The auto maker later this month will launch more than 30 new vehicles for the 2015 model year that are available with a built-in LTE 4G broadband connection, enabling a number of new communications, navigation and safety services.
GM intends to use the broadband connection in its cars to offer new services such as remote troubleshooting.
GM said it plans eventually to offer 4G broadband in the rest of its vehicles. GM is also developing a Chevy app store that would let car owners download applications to the center screen of a vehicle dashboard.
Separately, GM said it has a team of about 50 programmers developing exclusive apps. One of these, Vehicle Health, will provide more details when a problem crops up in the car.
"We want to try and demystify the check engine light," GM Chief Technology Officer Tim Nixon said."
GM Rolls Out Pricing Menu for 4G LTE Service (Wall St. Journal)
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