Verizon Wireless announced that starting tomorrow, you can buy an upgraded connected car HumX service with Wi-Fi hot spots premium hardware and a new mobile app. The package includes Bluetooth speaker phone that clips onto the sun visor. There is a Hum+ service without hotspots and now a free Hum app with offers. The new Hum services now give driver safety scores and turn-by-turn voice navigation.
The previous Hum hardware and services with core features like auto health and diagnostics, driving history, boundary and speed alerts, and vehicle location, will now be known as Hum+. Hum offers a certified mechanics hotline. You can access roadside and emergency assistance at the push of a button.
Also launching tomorrow is a free app that allows consumers to access some of Hum’s basic features
All three Hum services launching on March 23 will include two brand-new service features:
- Safety Score calculates driving behavior on factors such as braking, cornering, acceleration and phone handling while driving. Safety Score also provides the driver with tips about safe driving.
- Navigation provides turn-by-turn voice-guided directions, search by location name or address, and multiple route options based on estimated trip time and level of traffic congestion.
Customers can try out the two new features in the new free Hum app, by downloading the app from Google Play or the App store and creating a free account, which will also provide access to a wide range of retail, dining, service and travel discounts.
“Whether you’re enjoying the premium HumX with Wi-Fi hot spot, utilizing core features with Hum+ or introducing yourself to Hum with the free app, you can now feel more connected than ever,” said Michael Maddux, director of product at Verizon Telematics. “It’s the ideal platform for people who want to know more about their vehicle’s performance, improve their driving, or have peace of mind knowing they can reach Hum’s 24/7 roadside assistance at the press of a button.”
Currently Verizon is showing the Hum+ costing $29.99 with a two year contract, $20 activation fee and $10 a month which may have taxes, too. Deals from Verizon Wireless + Free Shipping.
To promote the Hum service the marketing firm Thinkmodo created a high rider Jeep Grand Cherokee that could raise itself and drive over cars, since your can’t do that, you may need the Hum service. The driver can raise the Jeep nine feet above the ground.