From Telematics Talk
Verizon Communications has added new features to its Hum by Verizon telematics service. Hum service now includes:
- A safety-score leaderboard, which enables drivers to see how they measure up against friends and family when it comes to safer driving
- Vehicle location, allowing primary account holders to see the locations of all Hum-equipped vehicles on their account in a single view
- Service-schedule reminders that update drivers on maintenance schedules as suggested by their vehicle’s manufacturer
The HumX premium hardware package contains a 4G LTE OBD II reader and a stainless steel Bluetooth speaker that clips to a car’s visor. The speaker serves as a communications hub, enabling drivers to connect to Hum customer-support functions such as roadside assistance, mechanics hotline and emergency assistance with the touch of a button, according to Verizon.
The HumX Wi-Fi hot spot capability allows up to 10 devices to stream content. The standard Hum offering, Hum+, includes the core set of Hum features such as roadside assistance, auto health and diagnostics, driving history, boundary and speed alerts, and vehicle location. Customers now have the option of purchasing Hum+ without a two-year contract at thousands of major retail outlets, or online at hum.com.
“Hum can help provide a safer and more connected experience on the road during the peak holiday travel season and beyond,” said Michael Maddux, director of product at Verizon Telematics.
The Hum app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store for both current and new customers, and gives drivers access to some of Hum’s basic features, as well as access to a wide range of retail, dining, service and travel discounts.
Hum is compatible with more than 150 million passenger vehicles – 1996 and newer – on the road today, according to Verizon.