Last month Telus announced Drive+, its new car connected service for customers, which operates via a partnership with Vancouver-based Mojio, using a ZTE unit which plugs into a vehicle’s OBD-II port. The service was slated to launch this fall, and as of today it’s available nationwide.
Telus Drive+ will allow users to track your car’s location, driving behaviour and set speed alerts, while also sending you notifications regarding diagnostics and car health. The ZTE unit also acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices in your car. A companion Telus Drive+ iOS app has yet to hit the App Store.
“We are excited to launch TELUS Drive+ and the Connected Car category on Canada’s largest and fastest network,” said Rob Currie, Vice President, Mobile Devices at TELUS, in a press release. “The Drive+ offering allows us to provide customers with important driving safety features, vehicle diagnostics and convenient connectivity for passengers.”
The ZTE unit is available for $0 on a two-year term (normally $200) and comes with a 15-day money back guarantee. The Telus Drive+ service will require a $15 per month plan which adds 1GB of shareable data to your Telus SharePlus or Your Choice plan.
Telus says most cars from 1996 or newer should be compatible with Drive+, as they have an OBD-II port.
Rogers offers a similar service called Smart Drive, also powered by Mojio, which launched earlier this summer.