BERLIN -- Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest phone carrier, is offering owners of cars built in 2006 or later a service that will monitor driving data and turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot, as the company taps into demand for on-trip surfing and connected devices.
The company is selling customers in Germany a CarConnect adapter that plugs into the diagnostics connector fitted in almost all modern cars.
While it's offering the wireless device at 1 euro, the real cash for the company is in the contracts needed to run the service -- about 10 euros ($12) a month for 10 gigabytes of data.
"We're not only offering owners of older cars the chance to make their vehicle smart, but also turn the car into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot," Michael Hagsphil, who heads Deutsche Telekom's private consumer business in Germany, said in a statement.
Deutsche Telekom's foray into vehicles is its latest attempt to enter the connected devices market that's increasingly attractive to consumers.
On Monday, the carrier unveiled its own voice-controlled smart home speaker, compatible with Amazon's Alexa service, that will go on sale next year.