This is one of those really neat devices and you should definitely read the manual because without it, there is no way to set it up. That’s not to say it is hard, in fact it is very easy to setup. You just need to know what to do. The unit we got didn’t come with a manual (it was an open box). So after #failing to install it for an hour we looked up the manual (at the suggestion of the product manager on a Sunday – yes these guys are dedicated) and viola we were up in running in 3 minutes. #epicfailsauceonourpart
So installing it is dead easy you just plug the pack of gum sized device into the ODB II connector. They have an extender that is basically a cable and a snap case with a clip. It lets you bury the device in the dash if you want it out of the way. It depends on where your ODB II connector is. If it’s in the way when you are driving you will want to relocate the device. So that’s what that is for.
Once you install the device you download the app on your phone, sign up, plugin the numbers and then wait for the the blue light to go on and stay on (on the device). Once that happens put your key in the car, turn it to the “On’ position (not start it) wait for like 20 seconds and then you hold the button on the side of the device until it blinks red once. If everything goes right it will go through a series of blinking green then steady green, then finally end up blinking blue every ten seconds. Once that is finished you start the car, wait like 20 – 30 seconds and fire up the app. When you login you will get a read out and some button options. You are all set.
If your car supports auto start, automatic unlock, you can do all that from the app. You can setup geographic boundaries and get alerts when your vehicle has gone outside of those boundaries. (for instance) If you are loaning your car to your kid, etc… you can setup a zone that is “matt’s house” and matt is that kid that is a bad kid that wants to make your little johnny smoke weed and of course your little johnny would never do that so you tell him matt’s house is off limits. If the car ends up by matt’s house you will get a notification and you can go there, kick in the door and yell POLICE SEARCH WARRANT and well… probably get arrested, but you get the picture!
It will also tell you what check engine lights mean, if your battery has a sufficient charge, and a bunch of other really great info. Do I love it? I’m not sure, but I do really like it. I’ve had very little time to play with it. The idea you can track your car is also pretty nifty. If your car gets stolen you can login to your app (provided you didn’t leave your phone in the car when it was stolen) and get a real time look at where it is. The tracking app is very accurate it told me the actual physical address where the truck I had it installed was and that’s pretty neat (and/or creepy depending on which side of the fence you are on).
COST: Your cost for the use of the Verizon Wireless Network for the first 2 years is included in the purchase price. After that you will need to extend access to your account by paying Delphi the applicable renewal fee which is set at $35 at the moment. The cost of the unit itself is $249.99 (US) and is available at Verizon Wireless. If you need the relocation accessory kit it, you can buy that at Verizon for an additional $35 (US).
I’ll tell you this… on a gadgetry top ten this is probably on it. It’s an excellent gift idea for our 2013 Father’s Day Gift List and I’m going to give the Delphi Connected Car Vehicle Diagnostic Device 4 out of 5 stars.