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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).

10/25/2018

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Device spotlight

Bluedriver Professional OBD2 Tool

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User & Technical

Apps

Download4.6
Download4.3

Merchant

$99.95 - Direct

Online Pricing

$99.95 - Amazon See It

Consumer

OBD monitoring devices currently on the market

Automatic

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Highlights

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

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.2
Download3.7

Merchant

$129.95 - Direct

Online Pricing

$129.99 - Amazon See It

CarLock

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Highlights

  • The CarLock Cloud will inform your emergency contacts via SMS if you had an accident. - Add backup SMS or call notifications (SIM card included)
  • Export your trips data to your computer with CSV or XLS export
  • CarLock actively monitors the health of your vehicle and alerts you in advance if your car battery is running dangerously low or is experiencing high battery drain.

Dash Car

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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.

    User & Technical

    Apps

    Download2.7
    Download3.8

    Merchant

    $39 - Direct

    Mojio

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    Verizon Hum

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    Vinli

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      User & Technical

      Apps

      Download0.0
      Download3.7

      Online Pricing

      $0.00 - Amazon See It

      Vyncs Link

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        User & Technical

        Apps

        Download2.6
        Download4.0

        Merchant

        $72.98 - Direct

        Online Pricing

        $74.98 - Amazon See It

        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 dongle from Amazon and then pair it with one of the following Apps.

        Itunes

        NameReviewsPrice
        DashCommand4.5/5 (48 Reviews)$9.99
        Engine Link3.5 (14 Reviews)$5.99
        iOBD22.5/5 (204 Reviews)Free

        Android / Google Play

        NameReviewsPrice
        Torque Pro4.5/5 (44,000 Reviews)$4.95
        Torque Light4/5 (20,000 Reviews)Free
        Car Gauge Pro3.5/5 (439 Reviews)$8.95
        OBDLink4/5 (5000 Reviews)Free

        Consumer: Insurance Focused

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

        metromile

        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

        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

        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

        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.

        WATSON IOT AUTOMOTIVE

        WATSON IOT AUTOMOTIVE

        Deliver new service models to your customers by developing, manufacturing and maintaining connected cars

        LOCALMOTION - BY ZIPCAR

        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

        "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

        FLEET GENIUS

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

        ZUBIE BUSINESS

        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

        • Watson IoT Automotive: Deliver new service models to your customers by developing, manufacturing and maintaining connected cars
        • 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."
        • otonomo - Autonomous cars use otonomo to connect to digital infrastructures and exchange data in real time with other connected and autonomous cars.

        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