Volkswagen is planning to offer its DiBox device in Austria that records trips and tracks a car location. The DiBox allows its users to access data on their vehicles through a smartphone. Porsche Holding, Volkswagen’s retail unit, said in a statement that the DiBox is being offered for new and even old VW and Audi models.
Interested users could avail of the mini blackbox at just EUR299 ($350), and will have to shell out EUR49 in annual subscription fee. Volskwagen is offering the DiBox in Austria as it tries to measure the demand for connected-vehicle services in Europe. By making the DiBox available for older vehicles, “we’re democratizing the connected car,” Porsche Holding chief Alain Favey said in a statement.
Porsche Holding spokesman Richard Mieling said that Volkswagen is aiming to sell 6,000 DiBoxes this year, with plans to eventually offer the device for its other brands. In partnership with Telekom Austria, Volkswagen is also planning to offer DiBoxes in other European markets.
Volkswagen and BMW as well as number of carmakers are developing vehicle wireless connection that would add safety features that provides warn to other vehicles over traffic jams while moving to realize autonomous driving.
The European Union is planning to make a requirement that new vehicles should be fitted with a system that automatically send emergency service notifications following a serious crash.