This Piece of Tech Will Turn Your Clunker into a Smart Car
What if a company told you it could turn your old car into a smart car? Depending on your interpretation, you might say, “oh no!” But were not talking about turning your family sedan into one of those minuscule compacts (that would be cruel). Rather, making an older car as connected as a brand new car. One company is offering just that. A company called Voyomotive claims it can turn 1996-and-older cars and in just two minutes, install its Voyo hardware that adds immense functionality to your high-mileage ride. For instance, you can remotely lock and unlock your car from your phone, by communicating with the Voyo hardware, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. RELATED: Uber Map-Making Cars Have Been on the Road for Months
You can also disable the car when you are not around it. You can even engage something called EcoStart, which will turn off the car when idling or in traffic to safe fuel. When stopped, you press down on the brake harder, and it turns off the engine. It will turn it back on when you lift your foot off the brake to move it to the gas.
According to USA Today, who tested the technology, the system consists of a small controller that you place underneath the dash. It then communicates with your phone, which in turn contributes to crowd-sourced data, like traffic speed information.
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Voyomotive has created a Kickstarter page, and will ship units to the first 2,000 backers by February of 2016. They estimate the Voyo will cost $200 per unit, and point out that if you were to try and outfit a modern car from a dealer with such technology, it would cost more like $2000.
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