Telecoms solution provider Deutschland–ZTE has announced the launch of a new smart adapter in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom offering drivers faster access to mobile Internet, new functionalities and more security.
The companies say their CarConnect adapter opens up “practical digital services to many owners of older car models”. With the associated app, driving routes can be planned, the vehicle location can be called up and shared, or vehicle-specific data such as battery voltage can be recorded. With the second version the range of vehicles that can use CarConnect has been extended. Truck and bus drivers can now also use 24-volt automotive transport systems to go online. Car drivers connect the adapter as usual via the OBD2 port of their car.
The companies say the premium function of CarConnect is the mobile hotspot, which brings fast Wi-Fi into the car. The new edition makes surfing the Internet even faster and more stable, thanks to LTE with Cat-4 standard and transfer rates of up to 150 Mbit/s in downloads. 10 devices can now connect to the hotspot at the same time – twice as many as the previous model. Personal data is even better protected: Unauthorised access to the hardware produced by ZTE is made more difficult for hackers thanks to the AES security algorithm with 256-bit key length.
The digital ADAC breakdown service can be used EU-wide in the CarConnect app in the future. This means that CarConnect brings more safety to the road throughout Europe. In the event of a breakdown, the ADAC breakdown service is just a few clicks away. The exact location of the car is automatically transmitted and a call with possible waiting time is no longer necessary.
From next, CarConnect will also be able to communicate easily with many smart home applications. On the way home, for example, the heating can be adjusted or the windows opened. In the intuitive app, users define the area around the car that is assigned functions and is activated when the smart car leaves or enters a zone. The application immediately informs the owner of any damage or theft to the vehicle.