Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Shiny new connected cars may be all the rage at auto shows, but not everybody wants, or can afford, to swap their current ride for the latest model. Into that fray steps Vinli, an ambitious startup hoping to upgrade your car with WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE, an app store, and the power of the cloud, all for $99.95 and thirty seconds of installation. I took a trip with founder Mark Haidar to find out if it could really be so simple.

Haidar is no stranger to making vehicles smarter. He cut his teeth on the concept while creating tracking technology for the military, when went on to develop vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems for firms as diverse as Lockheed Martin and Staples.

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