Unless you’re ridin’ dirty in a brand spanking new model car, chances are, your vehicle doesn’t feature a lot of the interconnectivity that many newer cars possess today. However, there’s a device that can be connected to your car that will bring Wi-Fi, apps and other functionalities to your set of wheels, without having to upgrade to the 2016 version. That device in question is Zubie, and thanks to your car’s OBD-II port, you can insert Zubie and get your car connected to the Internet of Things in a flash.
Not sure what the OBD-II port is, or if your car even has one? Don’t fret; I had no clue either. Turns out, every United States made car since 1996 possesses a OBD-II port, usually under the dash near the steering wheel. Because this port became a requirement so mechanics could get diagnostic codes from each vehicle, you’re more likely than not to have this port unless you’re burning rubber in a vintage car. Once you find that port, plug Zubie in and set up the app with the simple creation of a username and password, and then all you have to do is drive your car to activate the device.
So, just what all does Zubie do? For starters, you can get units that come with or without Wi-Fi. Zubie will cost $100 a year for the unit without Wi-Fi while a one-time fee of an additional $100 will get you Wi-Fi for as long as you use it. One of Zubie’s main functions is to track and rate your driving habits. Zubie will record your trips in a log and send you this information in a spreadsheet where you can see things like the cost of fuel for each trip, start and stop locations and the total duration of a given trip. As for driving habits, Zubie will give you a report highlighting things like speeding, braking and acceleration
In terms of your car’s health, Zubie is practically a licensed physician. By connecting to the diagnostic port, Zubie can ascertain fuel levels, battery status, odometer status, engine problems and maintenance intervals. By paying the Wi-Fi fee, Zubie cannot only act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for any device you have in your car, but can connect to the Internet of Things by integrating with the IFTTT app. This can give companies and businesses the ability to track and monitor a fleet of vehicles equipped with Zubie. Zubie won’t turn your car into the DeLorean, but it will definitely give your older car a futuristic upgrade.