Next time your "Check Engine" light comes on, you could get a notification on your phone explaining what went wrong, what you need to do to fix it and what it might cost. But you'll need to have this little gadget installed first. And that's not all it can do.
Most of us don't have connected cars, but Verizon's looking to change that with its new Hum service. For $15 a month, you'll be able to monitor your vehicle's diagnostics via a gadget connected to your onboard diagnostics port that sends information to your iPhone or Android. If anything seems odd, you'll be notified, and potentially catch an issue before it becomes a real problem. And it will interpret error codes, letting you know what repair you might need, or connect you with a mechanic if it's more complicated.
The monthly fee also includes roadside assistance, which is always a plus. Other bonuses include a panic button, GPS for if your car is stolen or to find where you parked your car (it'll track the parking meter, too), and, like OnStar, will call you if you're in an accident. If you don't answer after an accident, it'll summon help.
There's no word on how safe the new Hum service is from hackers, but given the glut of reports about car hacks lately, we're sure we'll hear about any security vulnerabilities shortly. Will you be upgrading your car with Verizon's Hum? Let us know in the comments below, and keep checking back with our Happening Now page for the latest on new technology and security risks.