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Unreleased IoT device Jio Car Connect to gather car data: report

Reliance Jio has a new IoT product coming up: ‘Jio Car Connect’, an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) device that can be plugged into a car’s OBD module to record and track engine and other vehicular related data, as indicated by a Team-bhp report. MediaNama has written to Jio asking what kind of vehicular data will the Jio Connect service record, who will have access to such data, and where the data will be stored: locally on a user’s mobile device, or on an online database. We also asked them when the service is scheduled to be launched and pricing details. We are yet to hear from Jio. Once plugged in, the device records data from the vehicle’s sensors and displays it on a mobile app, according to a thread posted on Team-bhp. This data is mainly used for diagnosing issues within a vehicle’s system, since the OBD device records vehicle information, acceleration (Rate Per Minute), throttling/revving, instances of braking, fuel/battery efficiency, trip duration, among others. Jio’s OBD device is still on a testing phase and will also beam WiFi inside a car, since the device apparently runs on a Jio SIM card, the report added. This will provide each vehicle with a virtual identity via an IP address, and allows interconnection with other connected cars. The device can also be used to record traffic details and share alerts in real-time in case the car gets into an accident. Vehicular data collection: What’s more interesting is the fact that this device records…

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