It seems like everything nowadays is connected to the internet in one way or another. From lightbulbs to thermostats. Even some new cars have built-in Wi-Fi or even, that’s where the Rogers Smart Drive device comes in. It allows you to get info about your vehicle while also being able to be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Rogers Smart Drive device is made by ZTE and the app is by a company called Mojio. The device itself is about the slightly smaller than a pack of playing cards. It’s fairly compact and it draws power from the OBD-II port, so you don’t need to charge the device. How it works is that you would first buy the device for $200 CAD outright and if you’re an existing Rogers customer, you would add the device to your Share Everything plan for another $10-15 per month.

Once you’ve got your Smart Drive device, you just pop-in a Rogers SIM card and then plug the actual device into your car’s OBD-II port, which most cars that are from 1996 or newer have. Rogers’ website has a vehicle compatibility checker, so you can see if the device will work with your car. From there, you’ll be able to set up the Smart Drive device using the Rogers Smart Drive app on your Android or iOS device.

After that, you’ll then be able to get information from your vehicle such as check engine light, low battery or DTC codes. You’ll also be able to receive an alert if someone attempts to break into your car, you can also track your vehicle using the app in real-time.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve used the device, I have experienced a few issues, one is that sometimes the device thinks there is a possible disturbance with my car when I’m actually just getting in and getting ready to drive. Another is that the device has actually fallen out of the OBD-II port in my car when I was driving.

The actual Roger Smart Drive app is fairly straightforward and easy to navigate.

Overall, the Rogers Smart Drive is an interesting idea. Sure it’s nice to be able to track your vehicle for the price, it is fairly expensive for what you get. The device does use your phone’s data plan (since you’re adding it onto your existing Rogers plan) and in Canada, data plans are already on the expensive side, around $75-80 per month for just 1GB of LTE data (which can be used up in a matter of days).

This is the first device of it’s kind of make it’s way to Canada, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes from here.

Pros

  • Setup is easy
  • Compact design
  • Straightforward app

Cons

  • Device is fairly expensive for limited functionality
  • Uses your existing data plan allotment
  • Issues with it staying in the OBD-II port

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