Israeli telco Accel Telecom has launched the Voyager, a smartphone specifically designed to be used as in-car connected device. The Voyager, which is fixed onto the dashboard and powered by the car battery, uses a twin SIM – a second SIM card on the same account and phone number as the user's primary handset.
The device, which runs on Android, uses hands-free dialling, and also features large physical keys to make it easier to use – including a dedicated button for launching Waze, the navigation app which has partnered with Accel for the launch.
The Voyager also features all the music, social network and internet browsing functionality you'd expect from a smartphone, and can be used as an in-car wi-fi hotspot. The most interesting feature, however, is the device's connection to the car's on-board diagnostics, which can be used for a variety of applications, including safety checks and fleet management.
“Our user-friendly, cost effective and secure Carfone devices have seen substantial market success,” said Accel CEO Marc Seelenfreund. “We expect strong demand for the new generation VOYAGER Connected Car Smartphone device in both European and US markets in line with recent industry reports and our own research with industry influencers.”