Verizon has launched Hum, a car service suite that offers roadside assistance, car diagnostics and help locating nearby mechanics, for $14.99 a month.
Hum will likely find favor with drivers of older cars that don’t offer similar features through their manufacturers. It was announced back in January (when it was dubbed Verizon Vehicle) and was originally slated to launch in June.
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The service is powered by a Bluetooth speaker that mounts on your visor, as well as a wireless modem that plugs into the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port that’s standard on most cars built since 1996.
With its own modem, Hum works without the need for users to be subscribed to Verizon’s other services.
It also offers a mobile app for Android and iOS that tracks vehicle records, relays maintenance alerts, locates your car in a parking lot, pinpoints your car’s location if it’s stolen and helps you track the time left on your parking meter.
Hum is available at $14.99 on a two-year contract; the hardware is bundled with your subscription.