Vinli, a Dallas-based startup company has developed a device which is able to connect your old car to internet. Therefore, if you have a 1997 Honda Civic or any vehicle which made after 1996, you can turn that into a smart car by plugging in the device into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. The device will then provide a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as a suite of apps and services.
Because of this, Vinli has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding round led by Samsung Venture Investment Group. On top of that, it is also participated by Cox Automotive, The Westly Group as well as Continental. Vinli is reported to use the funding to expand partnerships in the automobile and tech industries as well as invest in engineering, research and development which hopefully will increase the sales.
The device which is known as Vinli dongle, supports iOS and Android which includes GPS, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi hotspot as well as advanced crash reporting capabilities. On top of that, the company has also setup an open platform for developers to create apps and offer solutions to the platform. The company is reported to do mass production of the device now and the first units are expected to ship in August.