1/19/2015

VW to Offer Owner Access to Vehicle Data

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Volkswagen AG is preparing to test consumer interest in Austria in a device that records such vehicle data as location and trip length and gives owners access of the data via a smartphone app.

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Volkswagen AG is preparing to test consumer interest in Austria in a device that records such vehicle data as location and trip length and gives owners access of the data via a smartphone app.

Called DiBox, the device plugs into a vehicle's onboard diagnostic socket. The system will retail for $350 plus a $58 annual subscription, according to Bloomberg News.

VW hopes to sell about 6,000 DiBox systems in Austria this year. Initial applications are for Audi and VW brand vehicles but could be expanded to other models in the group's portfolio. VW says the system "democratizes" car connectivity.

Germany-based DiBox notes that its system gives the owner control of the data being sent and who may access it.