Hum is a device from Verizon which enable your old car to behave like a smart car. It is basically consists of two main components: a dongle which plugs into your car’s OBDII diagnostic port and a Bluetooth device which clips to the sun visor. The device is able to generate diagnostics, provides users with mechanic’s hotline as well as Bluetooth phone interface and roadside assistance.
Hum was announced at the North American International Auto Show in January. According to the director of the product for Verizon Telematics, Michael Maddux, Hum is a product which is designed to normal people who just want additional safety and diagnostic features for their cars, especially the older cars instead of the car enthusiasts who like modern type of cars. As it works with OBD II, therefore, it is able to be installed in any car model sold in United States after 1996. On top of that it is working with iOS and Android.
The dongle app will provide information such as the car’s fuel economy as well as the car’s health. In example, if you turn you car on and the Check Engine Light on, the app will be able to tell you why it is on. It is almost similar to Automatic dongle. The difference is that you can use the visor device to call a Mechanic’s Hotline where ASE-certified mechanic can help you check the problem with your car and letting you know whether it is safe to drive your car or what is the repair cost if you opt to fix the issue. On top of that, the dongle is equipped with a GPS which enable you to find where you park your car or in case if there is emergency the dongle will be able to pinpoint the exact location by a click of the button.
If you are interested in owning one, Verizon will not charge you for the hardware but you will need to subscribe to the service for a $14.99 per month and $12.99 for any additional vehicles that you want to connect to. On top of that, Hum will be available for everyone and not just for the Verizon customers.