Telus will launch Drive+, its upcoming in-car data device, on October 2nd, according to an internal carrier document obtained by MobileSyrup.
As previously reported, Drive+ will be compatible with the majority of car models manufactured after 1996. Users plug in the ZTE-manufactured device into their vehicle’s On-board Diagnostic (ODB-II) port. This is the same port car mechanics use to diagnose engine troubles and the like.
Once inserted into a car’s ODB-II port, the Drive+ will provide vehicle diagnostic information, as well as location tracking and safety notifications with the help of an accompanying iOS and Android app. It’s also able to generate a Wi-Fi hotspot for use by up to five electronic devices
MobileSyrup was not able to confirm pricing information related to Drive+. However, given the white label nature of the product, it’s likely Telus will price Drive+ similar to competing connected car products. In particular, Rogers provides the same device, branded as Smart Drive, for $99 on a two-year contract and $200 outright. Smart Drive is only available to Share Everything customers that purchase a $15 per month add-on on top of their current plan. Included in the add-on is 1GB of shareable data.
We’ve reached out to Telus for comment. We’ll update this article if and when we hear back from the carrier.
In the meantime, make sure to check our extensive hands-on with the Smart Drive to get a sense for how Drive+ will work.