Volkswagen Data Plug. FREE. Telematics sent from car to smartphone
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Volkswagen Data Plug. FREE. Telematics sent from car to smartphone

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Found 28th Sep 2017
I'm not going to waffle on here... so apologies If I don't list every single feature etc...

Volkswagen are currently giving away a dongle that fits into the car's OBD port (small socket usually under the steering wheel). It then pairs with your phone, and using an app you can see things like

Your last trip , shown on google maps
Your efficiency
How you drive
Where you parked the car

and a few other bits n bobs.

People are selling these on eBay and the VW parts shop sells them for about £40 but until the end of December these are free.

My VW garage tried to sucker me into paying £500 for a service with the tempt of one of theese dongles... but then I asked VW where to buy one and they told me it was free... sure enough if you check the website link given (vwconnect.com) you can see on there that it is free.

Just pop into your local VW garage and ask for one. If they try to get you to do a service, remind them that the website actually says the device is free. But I was also warned that the garages have a limited number of them. I picked one up today and it was fairly interesting. Driving efficiency is quite interesting to me as I drive long distances... but the other features are nice too. It will report issues to the phone as well.

Yes.. it's similar to Torque pro but with less stuff and some other things that Torque doesn't have ... but the main point is the official VW dongle is currently FREE.

enjoy.
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    deleted1032520
    It will lie and say emissions are like fresh air.
    Would you trust the reading a VW device gives you?
    Audi will want £400 for this, Skoda meanwhile will prob pay you
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    HAHAH someone actually downvoted a free deal. I love you guys hahah
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    Quote from the website:

    What costs can I expect?
    The VW Connect DataPlug is currently available free of charge for the remainder of 2017 (usually £35.00) . The app and the associated functions are free of charge. Please note that your smartphone must be linked to an existing mobile phone contract including a mobile data packet in order to use the app. This may lead to additional costs.
    Audi will want £400 for this, Skoda meanwhile will prob pay you
    Doesn't include the Phaeton - their flagship car. Which is a bit useless.
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    It will lie and say emissions are like fresh air.
    Would you trust the reading a VW device gives you?
    osrick33 m ago

    Doesn't include the Phaeton - their flagship car. Which is a bit useless.

    I think they only ever sold about 25 of those though, so not too many people affected.
    Edited by: "M_z" 28th Sep 2017
    Is the device "always on" requiring removal from OBD socket to prevent battery drain when the engine is not running for prolonged periods?
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    AndyRoyd4 m ago

    Is the device "always on" requiring removal from OBD socket to prevent …Is the device "always on" requiring removal from OBD socket to prevent battery drain when the engine is not running for prolonged periods?



    From the website:

    Does my DataPlug consume electricity when I park and leave my vehicle?
    To avoid draining the vehicle battery, the DataPlug turns itself off as soon as the vehicle is parked and the ignition turned off.

    So sounds good, no need to remove.
    deleted154599828th Sep 2017

    From the website:Does my DataPlug consume electricity when I park and …From the website:Does my DataPlug consume electricity when I park and leave my vehicle?To avoid draining the vehicle battery, the DataPlug turns itself off as soon as the vehicle is parked and the ignition turned off.So sounds good, no need to remove.



    Thnx.
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    deleted1545998Original Poster
    HAHAH someone actually downvoted a free deal. I love you guys hahah
    The cost calculations are completely wrong. It says I'm doing about 15mpg whereas in fact I'm doing 32mpg. Been in touch with VW customer service and they were hopeless.
    Big brother watching once more.
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    greencode8 m ago

    The cost calculations are completely wrong. It says I'm doing about 15mpg …The cost calculations are completely wrong. It says I'm doing about 15mpg whereas in fact I'm doing 32mpg. Been in touch with VW customer service and they were hopeless.


    It told me I had to change gear earlier.
    It's a DSG

    I think they have a few bugs, but it was only recently released. Probably better to write a review on the app store or email the develoepers directly: vwconnect.helpline@volkswagen.de
    Has been posted a couple of months ago. My previous comment remains that this data may be used by insurance companies etc so I would be reluctant to take up the offer.
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    sydney87113 m ago

    Has been posted a couple of months ago. My previous comment remains that …Has been posted a couple of months ago. My previous comment remains that this data may be used by insurance companies etc so I would be reluctant to take up the offer.



    Got a link? I searched, did not find this anywhere after three or four searches for words like vwconnect / data plug etc. ... not sure how it can be "a couple of months" either since it only came out one month ago....

    As for your other comment about insurance companies. you think VW can just sell the data to an insurance company without your permission / approval ? I think the data protection act says that this would be highly illegal. But if you don't want a free dongle, don't get one ? Problem solved. Am not at all worried about the data on this thing. It bluetooths to your phone. It doesn't say aha lets upload every single detail about the car and driver to HQ... I'm sure some crafty Germans have already taken it apart and analysed the app as well but since you have determined how it works without even having one I guess you probably won't be interested in the outcome.
    Edited by: "deleted1545998" 28th Sep 2017
    deleted154599828th Sep 2017

    It told me I had to change gear earlier. It's a DSGI think they have a few …It told me I had to change gear earlier. It's a DSGI think they have a few bugs, but it was only recently released. Probably better to write a review on the app store or email the develoepers directly: vwconnect.helpline@volkswagen.de

    I've done both. They told me to email them with a huge amount of details that I wasn't prepared to send in a insecure email. I asked them whether there was anywhere I could send it securely online. There wasn't. Oh well.
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    greencode5 m ago

    I've done both. They told me to email them with a huge amount of details …I've done both. They told me to email them with a huge amount of details that I wasn't prepared to send in a insecure email. I asked them whether there was anywhere I could send it securely online. There wasn't. Oh well.


    Yeah that's pretty much all you can do I guess. I haven't owned one long enough to comment on the features that don't work for you. Did you register a tank fill up when you filled up the car?

    I think, this is basically a gimmick to get users to service their vehicles more often. My guess is they are giving it away for free because the app reminds you about servicing and points you to potential issues.

    If you like the idea, check out Torque pro. I got it for free with my car head unit but I bought a £5 OBD dongle from eBay to use with Torque. If you haven't tried it.. it's quite cool. Shows lots more detail like turbo boost pressure etc.
    You could alternatively buy a Bluetooth obd reader for about £5. And get fault codes, mpg, voltages, etc, on a mobile app.
    Mines been plugged in for about 3 years with no problems.
    It keeps telling me my car is emitting zero emmisions, but I have a feeling it's not quite right.
    deleted154599828th Sep 2017

    Got a link? I searched, did not find this anywhere after three or four …Got a link? I searched, did not find this anywhere after three or four searches for words like vwconnect / data plug etc. ... not sure how it can be "a couple of months" either since it only came out one month ago....


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    MonkeysUncle1 h, 32 m ago

    You could alternatively buy a Bluetooth obd reader for about £5. And get …You could alternatively buy a Bluetooth obd reader for about £5. And get fault codes, mpg, voltages, etc, on a mobile app.Mines been plugged in for about 3 years with no problems.


    What app do you use ti
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    Stupid question alert but here it goes.....

    Does this just work on Volkswagen models or can any car use this?
    deleted154599828th Sep 2017

    HAHAH someone actually downvoted a free deal. I love you guys hahah



    Don't own a Volkswagen so cold...


    ... (Only kidding. Hot!)
    sydney8712 h, 44 m ago

    Has been posted a couple of months ago. My previous comment remains that …Has been posted a couple of months ago. My previous comment remains that this data may be used by insurance companies etc so I would be reluctant to take up the offer.

    But there's no way of connecting the car data to the insurance company and to you. Even if the app was surreptitiously sending data, how does it know which insurance company you choose? Likewise, your insurance company is not going to know if you have the device attached or not.
    Will this work with a Skoda Fabia? Being Volkswagen Group and all that?
    snoopy1855 m ago

    What app do you use ti


    Torque Pro for me
    LOL_is_stupid3 h, 0 m ago

    It keeps telling me my car is emitting zero emmisions, but I have a …It keeps telling me my car is emitting zero emmisions, but I have a feeling it's not quite right.


    That’s a default app bug, nothing to worry about as it will be the norm come eVM, if you had the dongle at your bottom and it still read zero emissions then we have a problem Houston
    Ger734 h, 5 m ago

    Stupid question alert but here it goes.....Does this just work on …Stupid question alert but here it goes.....Does this just work on Volkswagen models or can any car use this?

    ​Not stupid at all. The OBD dongle should be standard and thus fit any car however the app may be biased toward VW models
    deleted154599828th Sep 2017

    Got a link? I searched, did not find this anywhere after three or four …Got a link? I searched, did not find this anywhere after three or four searches for words like vwconnect / data plug etc. ... not sure how it can be "a couple of months" either since it only came out one month ago....As for your other comment about insurance companies. you think VW can just sell the data to an insurance company without your permission / approval ? I think the data protection act says that this would be highly illegal. But if you don't want a free dongle, don't get one ? Problem solved. Am not at all worried about the data on this thing. It bluetooths to your phone. It doesn't say aha lets upload every single detail about the car and driver to HQ... I'm sure some crafty Germans have already taken it apart and analysed the app as well but since you have determined how it works without even having one I guess you probably won't be interested in the outcome.

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    Regarding the data not sure myself as to whether VW will sell it on or maybe the app will somehow store the data. Maybe I am making a big deal out of it but with all this data someone somewhere is going to misuse it.
    oldguy48 m ago

    ​Not stupid at all. The OBD dongle should be standard and thus fit any c …​Not stupid at all. The OBD dongle should be standard and thus fit any car however the app may be biased toward VW models


    I should imagine turning up in any non-VW or VAG vehicle might make it difficult to talk your way into being given one though. At the very least I would have a suitable number plate to hand
    osrick9 h, 7 m ago

    Doesn't include the Phaeton - their flagship car. Which is a bit useless.


    Yes I'm sure all 6 owners will be livid.
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    oldguy2 h, 38 m ago

    ​Not stupid at all. The OBD dongle should be standard and thus fit any c …​Not stupid at all. The OBD dongle should be standard and thus fit any car however the app may be biased toward VW models


    ODBII is indeed a standard but I'd suspect this one will only work with that app, the app will likely only have VW protocols stored so may not work on a decent vehicle.
    Yeah and we're all going to believe the data pumped out from a VW... I mean they have such a reliable history for accuracy!
    Nice find! My polo is in for service in Monday. Got the other half to ring them and ask for this to be done at the same time. Heat!
    I have privacy concerns about devices like these. There is nothing stopping VW selling data collected, to third party company's. Nothing is free especially a company like VW, Where everything on a new VW is a optional extra. TFL for example receive about 300million from data collected from our phones when using Wifi at underground tube stations.
    I believe this device will do similar.
    It could also be used as a black box in a accident. Speed travelling etc
    Needs access to a lot of info
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    Could be used against you in an accident...
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    Smadmad51 m ago

    I have privacy concerns about devices like these. There is nothing …I have privacy concerns about devices like these. There is nothing stopping VW selling data collected, to third party company's. Nothing is free especially a company like VW, Where everything on a new VW is a optional extra. TFL for example receive about 300million from data collected from our phones when using Wifi at underground tube stations.I believe this device will do similar.It could also be used as a black box in a accident. Speed travelling etc


    and what stops them from plugging a computer into the OBD port and obtaining the exact same information without the dongle ? ECUs do have memory and do store data. The dongle just makes it easy for the user to access but the the data is just being pulled from the cars computer memory so again, what stops an investigator plugging a cable in and getting that info ?

    If you did have an accident, the ECU on modern cars will record impact speed. So that info is already saved in the car, again the dongle just makes that data accessible to the user.
    mattwarby769244 m ago

    Needs access to a lot of info[Image]

    Your spot on. The device, although marketed to transfer data to assist rectifying and issues that arise, is also perfectly capable of reading other information your car calculates and stores i.e. speed, revs, driving style, location, use of indication etc etc... which will be used against you in the steps to a warranty claim and the likes.

    I have myself a VW, so I am not anti VW, just against items like this that ‘track’ you. Whether your intentions are pure or not, it’s just not secure in terms of personal info transfer.

    Feel like I’m claiming VW are big brother, like some Illuminati out to get you
    mattwarby769250 m ago

    Needs access to a lot of info[Image]


    To be fair, that's fairly standard for any app that needs to store or transmit data and fairly crucial for any app attempting telemetrics.
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