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Connected Car Devices

Find and compare Wifi and Bluetooth driving assistance systems. OBD 2 adapters to track and monitor driving and car diagnostics remotely from your Android or iOS device.

A new class of devices are being developed that capture your cars computer sensor data using your vehicles on-board diagnostic port (OBD II is available on cars built from 1996 on) and adds a layer of additional features on top.

These devices turn this information into a resource to help easily understand a check-engine light, adjust your insurance rate based on how/when you actually drive, and create added safety features through tracking and emergency response services.

The following Channel Guide will help you:

  • Get device and their app reviews. Determine if the adapter/dongle can work with your car model and your Android or iOS phone.
  • Filter based on monthly pricing, or by feature (theft tracking, api access, insurance or parental monitoring, etc).

Consumer

OBD monitoring devices currently on the market

Automatic

"Your Smart Driving Assistant"

Highlights

  • App Marketplace
  • OBD-II Port and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Collision Detection using built-in accelerometer
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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download3.5

Download3.8

User & Technical

Dash Car

"Smarter. Driving. Every Day."

Highlights

  • Integrates with IFTTT
  • Take pole position on the leaderboard, win rewards and share road trips
  • Dash works with preferred OBD devices, starting as low as $10. Provides automated VIN decoding, multi-car support and push alerts.
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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download

Download

User & Technical

Mojio

"Connect your car to apps on your phone"

Highlights

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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download

Download2.7

User & Technical

Verizon Hum

"Put some smarts in your car with hum."

Vinli

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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download

Download

User & Technical

Vyncs Link

"Connecting your car to your life."

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Apps

Download

Download

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Zubie

"Making driving safer, easier and less expensive."

Highlights

  • Real Time Location Monitoring
  • Vehicle Health Diagnostics
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Pricing & reviews

Apps

Download

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Comparison Articles:

NYTimes: Picking Your Car’s Computerized Brain - 11/19/2014 Winner: Automatic

Additional OBD2 Dongle Options


Standalone Apps

Another option is to pair a cheaper $11-$20 standalone Bluetooth or Wifi option from Amazon and then pair it with one of the following Apps.

Itunes

Name Reviews Price
DashCommand 4.5/5 (48 Reviews) $9.99
Engine Link 3.5 (14 Reviews) $5.99
iOBD2 2.5/5 (204 Reviews) Free

Android / Google Play

Name Reviews Price
Torque Pro 4.5/5 (44,000 Reviews) $4.95
Torque Light 4/5 (20,000 Reviews) Free
Car Gauge Pro 3.5/5 (439 Reviews) $8.95
OBDLink 4/5 (5000 Reviews) Free


Consumer: Insurance Focused

Help cut your current insurance costs down, or pay for only how much you drive.

MetroMile

Metromile’s pay-per-mile insurance offering saves low-mileage drivers a ton of money. All pay-per-mile insurance customers receive the Metromile...

Travelers IntelliDrive

"As an IntelliDrive customer, you can save money if you are a low mileage driver. Getting started takes minutes and your first benefit starts as...

Progressive Snapshot

"This little device turns your safe driving into savings. It just makes sense—insurance should be based partly on how you actually drive, rather...

Liberty Mutual RightTrack

"Connect, drive and save with RightTrack from Liberty Mutual Insurance."

App Based:

Insurance Side Software

  • Amodo - "Our Driver Suite – Driver Copilot, enables all stakeholders in the automotive ecosystem to better understand how their products and services are being used, thus enabling better cross-sell and up-sell opportunities for businesses and optimized car ownership for drivers."


Fleet Management

Enterprise fleet tracking products and services to provide access, track location and improve operational efficiency.

LocalMotion - By Zipcar

"Share vehicles effortlessly, increase fleet utilization, and streamline operations with Local Motion’s keyless access and web-based motor pool...

Cloud Your Car

"Cloud Your Car provides the tracking hardware with built-in GSM connectivity, cloud data processing platform and a set of online tools for...

Fleet Genius

"Full featured fleet management with fleet maintenance software, fleet tracking and driver safety monitoring."

Zubie Business

Low-cost fleet tracking, made simple. Zubie includes always-connected cellular service, so you can stay connected to your fleet from anywhere.

Software & Platforms

  • Venium - "Veniam turns vehicles into WiFi hotspots. We build and operate city-scale vehicular networks that expand wireless coverage and collect terabytes of urban data.'"
  • Carvoyant - "Provides easy access to connected car data via our API. The API IS our product. You build what you need to help your clients with our tools. Carvoyant takes months off the time to go to market for connected car development and continues to support the data needs of your application."
  • Weather Cloud
    A Boulder based company looking to improve road condition safety and traffic routing using a cloud service and data gathered from sensors installed on a vehicle's license plates.
  • OpenXC Platform "OpenXC™ is a combination of open source hardware and software that lets you extend your vehicle with custom applications and pluggable modules."
  • Open Car Project "A platform to connect your car to the internet. Your car will connect without any help of other devices such as smartphones. The data will be available online, where you get smart analytics. The device and data will be open and accessible, so an ecosystem for smart car applications will grow."
  • CargoAI - "Cargo is seeking awesome automotive applications and the developers who create them to help realize the connected car."

Alliances

  • Ford Sync
  • Open Automotive Alliance
    "The OAA is a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014."
  • GENIVI
    "A non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open-source development platform."


DIY & Open Source


Projects

  • mHUD - An Ionic 2 Mobile heads-up display This app turns your phone in to a heads-up display for your car. It displays your current speed, rpm, and the road speed limit.
  • Ryan C. Gordon ("icculus") - OBD GPS Logger


Additional resources

Have a car older than 1996 without an OBDii port?

You can convert an older vehicle with an OBD1 to work with new OBD2 devices using an adapter like this one sold on Amazon for $15

Background Articles

Security Focused:

Resources

Sensor Types

The average American automobile include around 60 sensors (most of which are accessible from its on-board OBD II port.)

  • Road Condition Sensor
  • Magnetic Sensor
  • Vehicle Distance Sensor
  • Forward Obstacle Sensor
  • Blind Spot Monitoring Camera
  • Drive Recorder
  • Air Pressure Sensor
  • Steering Angle Sensor
  • Electronic Control Throttle
  • Vehicle Speed, Acceleration Sensor
  • Collision Detection Sensor
  • GPS Sensor