Today we can understand why GM decided to ditch Verizon as the provider for its OnStar systems; Verizon just announced its own competing platform called Verizon Vehicle.
Verizon Vehicle consists of an on-board diagnostics (OBD) reader, which the firm says can be easily installed by anyone, and a Bluetooth speaker that connects to the sun visor in your car and provides controls for the system. The subscription-based package provides GPS-based roadside assistance, an incident alert system for emergency assistance if an accident occurs, a single button SOS option, maintenance alerts and direct connections to A.S.E certified mechanics, vehicle location assistance and more for customers who decide to subscribe to the service.
Verizon said it estimates that it should support more than 200 million automobiles that are currently in the U.S., but remain without connections to similar services. That includes more than 9,000 different car models, and Verizon explained that it technically should work with “nearly every vehicle made and sold in the U.S. since 1996.”
Verizon did not provide pricing but said more details will be offered this spring when Verizon Vehicle launches nationwide.