Guidepoint launches Bluetooth kit with telematics services

Guidepoint Systems has announced that it has launched the first-ever Bluetooth kit for vehicles that offers free emergency dispatch and roadside assistance.

The Pontiac, Mich.-based company has begun shipping Guidepoint Connect, an in-vehicle Bluetooth system that offers hands-free cell phone, integrated music control and emergency services/roadside help at the touch of a button. The four-button unit, designed to be mounted on the steering column, combines the latest in Bluetooth technology with Guidepoint’s award-winning safety and convenience services for drivers.

Here’s how it works: In addition to the standard dial and hang-up buttons, the Guidepoint Connect unit includes two additional buttons: a phone button that connects callers directly to Guidepoint’s 24/7/365 response centers, and a white-cross button that can be integrated with Guidepoint’s GPS tracking device (sold separately) for pinpoint location-based services and one-touch emergency dispatch.

The unit also allows drivers to safely and conveniently control a cell phone and portable music player, including iPod(R) and other MP3 players. The system’s unique “Clear Connect” function also allows an iPhone(R) user to connect wirelessly to the Guidepoint unit to play music over the vehicle’s stereo.

Guidepoint Connect is being launched at new-car dealerships and through retailers of mobile electronics. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the Guidepoint Connect is $399 (exclusive of installation fees). The cost of the unit includes free E-Call(TM) service for emergency dispatch, plus one year of complimentary Guidepoint Silver(TM) service that includes roadside assistance, directory assistance and unlimited concierge service.

The unit can also be integrated with a Guidepoint GPS tracking module (sold separately) to provide stolen vehicle recovery, online vehicle tracking and pinpoint location-based services.

See press release here.

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