I received my new Zubie in the mail at the beginning of the polar vortex. The windchill was literally -50 so I waited to install my Zubie for a couple of days because I don’t have a heated garage and I didn’t want frostbite. This turned out to be a fortunate turn of events. During this delay, the Consumer Electronics Show was on and I learned all about connected cars. Probably like most people, I didn’t really know what that meant. But after doing some new research and following the CES, I am super excited to get my car connected through Zubie.
Setting the Zubie up was simple. All I did was open the box to get my Zubie Key and download the app. The app was a simple and quick install, just like everything in the App Store. I easily signed up thourgh Facebook (you could also do an email if you prefer to keep subscriptions off of social media).
Once the account was registered, I logged in, uploaded a picture of me, and then the Zubie App walked me through a few simple steps: “First, setup your family group” I could invite members and share the phone and vehicle location at all times. Then it showed me a sample “Family Map” so I could see where my family members are located. There is also an option of setting up a private group. This would let me share positions privately among a small group for a determined amount of time. The Zubie App also let me add places to my map like school and work. What I am most excited about is the opportunity to save money through trip tracking, and engine and battery monitoring. I am also sure we will have some fun with the driver scoring too. After walking through these screens, I swiped the screen to the right to see the menu. The Zubie App prompted me to activate the Zubie using the serial number on the Zubie Key and the activation code that I had in the box (I looks like this is easily bought at zubie.co if you don’t have one preordered like I did). Make sure your car is close because the Zubie App will ask you for your VIN and your current odometer.
My Zubie is now installed and I have been able to test it out for the last week. I am impressed so far. The Zubie performs just like I expected. We have had a great time playing around with all of the different functions it performs. I added my wife to my family group and she can monitor my car as well (although I will never personally admit to what Zubie says about my driving). I even tested it out by doing some donuts on a local lake … he he. But, other than that, it has made me a more conscience driver. It also makes me feel like I have more control over my car as I can monitor it as well. Thankfully, I have not had any accidents or maintenance problems with my car yet, so I have not had to look up any of the maintenance codes. It is reassuring to me that Zubie can help give me useful information in an emergency though. For example, last year, I had a gas cap crack and it cost me about $200 when I went to the dealer to get the code read. That won’t happen to me anymore thanks to Zubie. Next time, I can just replace my gas cap for $10, saving me money.
I look forward to using Zube with my tour company, Freedom Getaways (freedomgetaways.com). It will be nice when I have a caravan of people driving or for keeping track of my guides … and to see how well they are driving.
Zubie is a great idea for the New Year. Get Zubie for yourself or buy one as a gift for friend or family. It is a great gadget to play with, it saves you money, offers peace of mind, and can help keep your, or your kid’s driving more safely. Have a Zubie New Year! and order today with code SAVE20JANand SAVE 20% on one year of Zubie always-connected car service and a free Zubie Key. A great way to use your Best Buy and Amazon holiday gift cards! Offer good through February 28, 2013. Shipping charges may apply.
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