Walking around CES Unveiled on the first day of CES 2011, I ran into a little company called Mavizon Tech, showcasing their product with a beautiful name Mavia. I you've never heard of Mavizon, don't feel bad - they don't have many consumer-facing products just yet, but it's all about to change when Mavia hits the market later this year.

What is Mavia? It's a little gizmo box that plugs into your car's diagnostics port and sits there, drawing the power from the aforementioned port. Inside the Mavia - a GPS module and a 3G radio that is able to broadcast a signal anywhere there is 3G reception (I forgot whether they use T-Mobile or AT&T, but it's one of those).

Here are the things Mavia can do:

  • First and foremost, since Mavia plugs into the diagnostics port, which is present on any car made since 1996, it will tell you exactly what that blinking light on your console means in plain English. It will also keep the stats and let you know when it's time for maintenance. All of the above can be viewed either on the website or via an Android/iPhone app (unfortunately, they couldn't demo the apps just yet, and the only image on their site with the app in it has an iPhone)
  • Mavia will act as a LoJack, giving you the ability to track your car via GPS, whether because it was stolen or in case you forgot where you've parked it. Apparently, it can track your friends' devices as well, so keeping together during the next group trip may be easier than ever (we'll see how well that works - I see a bunch of privacy issues there, although it does seem similar to Latitude, but for cars. Hey, cars need love too)
  • Thanks to its 3G radio and diagnostics hookup, Mavia can automatically text your family members in case of an accident or notify police if you car is stolen

Mavia will cost under $300 and will not have any monthly 3G fees, similar to Amazon Kindle's Whispernet. The little gadget will be available sometimes in 2011, so look out for it at electronics retailers soon. Frankly, I think every dealer should include this little device as an option due to the benefits it can provide at a price that is not nearly as high as LoJack alone (though, not nearly as stealthy either).

Check out the video and pictures below and then hit up the product and FAQ pages for more info.

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  • dp

    Seems like a nice little product,but can't compare to Loajck.This is still s GPS product,which means it wont work in a garage,deck or inside any structure.Not to mention bad waether or f you lose call service. By the way,Thieves now buy 3g/gops jammers for $19(see ebay) which totally kills the signal,rendering it useless also. As long as its gps technology,its still not very advanced....

  • dp

    Plugs into the diagnostic port? Where thieves can find it? Or what if your car breaks down,you bring it to the dealer and they say your warranty is voided because of things you plugged into your car that werent factory approved?

  • JV

    DP your first comment is accurate (gps signal and jammers) but your second comment is not. The diagnostic port is not just sticking out somewhere on the dash where you can easily see it. It will normally be under the dash and in most cases can be hidden, so the device would be hidden as well. Your comment about "voiding warranties" is also inaccurate as again this is only a diagnostic port, simply plugging into it WILL NOT void the warranty, I have a scan tool of my own and it's exactly the same thing.
    Lastly ... Since this product has some pros and some obvious cons.. The price is correspondingly lower. Your thrashing on the features as if it costs the same as a lojack, (not even close). The tracking feature could be quite useful for see where your kid was driving, which could be enforced :-)

  • Deon

    Won't void the warranty, I read my cars stats all the time. They have bluetoth obd2 modules out there, but this one is the 1st I've seen with GSM/3G connectivity and GPS. It's friggin awesome. Yes it won't be as stealthy and a very experienced or expert thief will find it, probably would find lojack as well, but the average stupid person out there won't know about it. It's just an extra layer of security. It's friggin awesome and I'm getting one as soon as I can. Especially w/ an Android app.

  • http://n/a Mike

    As a ASE certified automotive tech, if you had your ODB II port moved or hidden this could be useful, but with any ani theft devices they can all be undone... I can use a factory scan tool start and drive your car, with no keys at all anymore due to the push-button start... Nothing is perfect but for parents trying to keep a eye on their kid, or someone trying to see whats wrong with their car, i give it a thumbs up :-)