San Diego-based Networkcar has launched an aftermarket vehicle-to-satellite telematics system -- tied in with vehicle onboard diagnostic (OBD-II) systems -- for which the company claims a number of advantages. Networkcar's CAReader is about the size of a cellular phone and is said to be compatible with about 80 million 1996 and newer vehicles. At an initial cost of about $600 for the first year (presumably less later), CARreader provides the following features: Vehicles with a DTC ...

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