Partnering with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive has released its Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi product that allows drivers to to locate, track, secure, access and monitor their vehicle using a smartphone, computer or tablet. Touted as a first-in-class product, it works with most vehicles newer than the 1996 model year.

Customers will need to purchase a Delphi adapter ($250 plus a $35 activation fee) to be plugged into their vehicle's OBD-II port, most often easily accessible within the passenger compartment. The cost of the adapter covers two years of service, with customers paying a non-contracted $5/month after that period. The science behind the device is rather sophisticated, but all consumers need to know is that the adapter sends encrypted data between the vehicle and the user operating a device running Apple iOS 5.0 and later, Android 2.2 and later, or a variety of popular web browsers.

Vehicle Diagnostics does more than just monitor and report vehicle health and maintenance issues, as it may be used to set up "geo-fences" to monitor entry and exit to a certain part of town, summarize driving trips and receive e-mail alerts. Some vehicles with Bluetooth capabilities, will also allow connectivity for key fob commands (e.g., door locks, truck activation and remote start).

Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to check compatibility as not all vehicles will offer the full suite of features. Scroll down below for all the details.

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Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi now available at Verizon Wireless

Release Date: March 28, 2013

TROY, Mich. - Together with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH) today released its Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi product that provides a groundbreaking car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service.

Unveiled at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the product allows drivers to track, locate, access, secure and monitor their select vehicles over the Verizon Wireless network using their current smartphone, tablet or computer. The first-in-its-class product works in most vehicles sold in the United States from 1996 onward.

"For the first time, Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi allows drivers the chance to experience unique telematics and location-based features without purchasing a new car," said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer. "Offered together with Verizon Wireless, this product not only offers convenience and connectivity but also peace of mind. For example, drivers can use a smartphone, laptop or tablet as a key fob for their car when they are locked out - regardless of where they are."

Named a finalist in the 2013 Edison Awards in the transportation category, the Delphi car connectivity service enables drivers to carry out any of the following features remotely:
Locate and access family cars without having to tag the vehicle's original location

* Monitor overall vehicle health status

* Receive e-mail alerts for select driving and vehicle performance issues

* Set up geo-fences and receive e-mail alerts for entry and exit

* Summarize all trips from engine start to stop (date, times, distance, starting and ending locations)

* Connect your smartphone to your car via Bluetooth for key fob commands

The system operates through a downloadable Delphi smartphone application, available for Android 2.2 and later and Apple iOS 5.0 and later devices, as well as a Delphi website that is compatible with Internet Explorer 7 and later-version, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Firefox browsers. Data transmitted through the Delphi connectivity system remains secure and encrypted when sent over the Verizon Wireless network.

To learn if a vehicle is compatible with Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi, please visit

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I was reading the website, and it says that after 2 years, you pay $5 for the monthly access charge to your VZW Share Everything Plan. MEANING, you have to be a current Verizon Customer. Sure enough, I tried adding unit to my cart, and it asks if you are a new customer or existing. If you choose new, then YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE a Share Everything Plan, starting at $30 a month.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Good catch. So a bonus if you are on Verizon, not so much otherwise.
      Israel Isassi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spouses and parents rejoice.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can get OBDII sensors with Bluetooth on Amazon and eBay for $20. Add a few bucks for the Torque app on Android and you have a similar device for a tenth of the cost that Verizon is asking!
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have both cars using and ELM327 OBDII module, and a Pioneer AppRadio 2 in one using DashCommander, and Torque and a Galaxy Note in the other. Actually the Note is used in conjuntion with both cars. Both work beautifully. And after the initial purchase, wonderfully free. Hell, you can buy an AppRadio 2 on discount for $250. Why would you buy this when you can have all the information displayed on a 7" touchscreen vs. looking at your 3.5"-5.5" smartphone. Plus EVERY app on my phone can be accessed through the screen, not just OBDII info.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        Came here for this. Sure Torque doesn't do everything the delphi app does as far as GPS tracking and remote start. However, for the $20 it is compared to the Delphi device - it has a heck of a lot more features and doesn't let your Wireless carrier track another object of yours.
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, it doesn't do the same thing. The ELM327 works over bluetooth, so the receiving device (phone) must be within close range. The Delphi device connects to the cellular network (hence the $5/month contract after two years), so you can monitor and track the car from any distance as long as the cell signal isn't blocked.
        • 2 Years Ago
        It doesn't do the same thing, you cant start, unlock or track your car with it. That said an OBDII bluetooth device and the torque app is a pretty fun device. I have it and use it to monitor, speed, RPM, temp, mpg inst, ave, trip, etc. Well worth the $20 since my GMC has a non-functional speedo and tach that would be $350 to replace. Its certainly worthwhile for us car geeks. I would also consider this new device, its not much more than an automatic car starter.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The OBD port is actually mandated to be in the driver side, not the passenger side like the article states.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The article says "passenger compartment", not "passenger side". Completely different.
        • 2 Years Ago
        per article "...within the passenger compartment."
      Ryan Ducar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still sounds cheaper than taking one's car to the Stealership for *service*. Do want
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Ducar
        @Ryan: Then stop going to the stealership, smart one
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan Ducar
        lol, the only diagnostic codes it will be able to retrieve from vehicle are emission related. so it won't help you there buddy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think well, isn't it functions a bit less! Friends do you have any more detailed information! Send me, email I am from China, thank you for your attention.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only the Key Fob by Phone feature does not work for my car but they say that can change in the future. I like the looks of this and its basically the consumer version of the tool Progressive uses for their program. I signed up for the pilot program for that back when I was a customer and it offered similar features.But this goes a lot further and its not being reported to anyone but yourself. Once I see some more reviews I may make this a summer purchase for my car. I also like that you are not locked in a contract.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOT first in class. Last In Line is more like it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could be a really useful tool for company car and fleets! If there were smart, they would try getting it offered as a after market option at dealerships.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should just be publishing a list of cars it DOES work with at this point. I checked about a dozen cars I either own or am interested in buying at it only works with about half of them. I have yet to find a vehicle where any of the keyfob functions work and I\'m betting the list of ones which work with the bluetooth and remote start, etc is going to be even smaller. For everyone saying this is overpriced compared to a cell phone app, the whole point of this to me is that you don\'t need your cell phone for this to work. That has value for everyone that wants data on a car they may not necessarily drive everyday. I casn guarantee that my wife wouldn\'t bother syncing any app to the OBD adapter before she started the car every single time.
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