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5 new technologies for the connected car

Connecting older cars
Connecting older cars

To you drivers of older cars, while automakers are adding high-tech features to their new cars, you don't need to feel left out, thanks to companies that are developing products for the connected car to sell in the aftermarket.

For example, the app Automatic pairs with a small gadget that plugs into a car's onboard diagnostics port and sends information to a smartphone. The gadget costs $99.95, and the app and service are free. It monitors driving habits to help drivers save on gas, as well as help them remember where they are parked.

In addition, it can decode and even clear a "check engine" light, as well as automatically call for help and send an alert to loved ones in the event of a car crash when air bags deploy.

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