AT&T today announced a partnership with Mojio to bring to market a new accessory that will connect any car built after 1996 to AT&T’s network.
According to a press release, the Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T’s network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.
Mojio is built on an open platform to facilitate developers in building apps for the solutions. Mojio says that third-party apps currently in development include parking payments, automated trip expensing, simplified car rental and home automation connections.
“We see potential in connecting cars already on the road. By providing connectivity to the Mojio solution, customers will be able to get diagnostic services plus other applications only starting to roll out in vehicles today,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of the Emerging Devices Organization. “This device is appealing to not only consumers but also fleet managers. We’re excited about the addition of Mojio to our connected car portfolio.”
Mojio will be available in the United States in time for the holiday season. The device will be offered for $149, which includes the first year of service and can be ordered at www.moj.io. Second year of service will be $4.99 per month.