Connected Car Devices

 

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 like cellular and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS location, and a range of sensors.

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.

Here are a few of the products and companies currently in the space.

 

General Services

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Automatic

Your smart driving assistant

Description
:
"Automatic is a Smart Driving Assistant that can save you money on gas, remember where you parked, and even call for help in a crash."

Twitter  // Video

Reviews:
Engadget: 82/100, Techcrunch: Positive, CNET 4/5

Apps:
Android, Apple

Price: $99.95
Apps: Android, Apple
Additional:
- Bluetooth 4
- Crash Alerts

carvoyant

Carvoyant

Your Car, Your Data, Your Control

Description
:
"Give your car a voice! Plug in a Carvoyant device underneath your car’s dashboard. Instantly your car will begin wirelessly sending data to to the cloud where you can monitor its mechanical status or see where and how fast your teen is driving in realtime."

Twitter // Video

Price: $99 + $6.95/m
Apps: N/A
Additional:
- Carvoyant’s Vehicle API
- You own the data. Your vehicle creates data which you share with vendors when you choose to share.


dash

Dash

Drive Smarter

Description
:
"Dash connects your car to your phone enabling smarter everyday driving. We help you make the roads safer, more affordable and much more social. Sign up to learn more!

Twitter // Facebook

Apps:
Android

Price: $10 expected
Apps: N/A
Additional:
- Bluetooth 4


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Delphi - Verizon

Access your vehicles intelligence

Description
:
"Give your vehicle a voice so you know more about its health, location and past trips with the Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi. Stay connected to your ride 24/7 through Verizon's data network-and get helpful information about your vehicle's operation. It's like taking a helpful auto–diagnostics technician with you everywhere you go."

Price: $249 - 2 years included service
Apps: Apple, Android
Additional:
- Built-in Modem Verizon data connection and a GPS receiver
- Geofencing
- Remote keyfob functions


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Fuse

Connecting Your Car to the Rest of Your Life

Description
:
"Your car knows a lot more than its dashboard tells you. It knows how fast you’ve been going on every trip, your fuel mileage, your tire pressure, and much more. It even knows what your engine light really means — before it comes on. In fact your car has hundreds of sensors with interesting stuff to tell you, if you only had a way to listen.
Now you do, with Fuse.."

Twitter

Price: $119.95 (preorder)
Apps: Android, Apple
Additional:
- Personal Cloud
- Cellular

zubie

Zubie

Making Driving Easier, Safer and Less Expensive

Description
:
"Keep your loved ones safe on the road, avoid expensive problems and breakdowns, and earn valuable discounts and deals with Zubie™"

Twitter // Facebook

Reviews:
CNET: 3/5, BestBuy: 4.3/5 (6 customers), Amazon: 3.5/5 (55 customers)

Apps:
Android, Apple

Price: $99.95
Apps: Apple, Android (Coming Soon)
Additional:
- Cellular

- Driving Tracker Zubie Wins First Nokia Connected Car Funding

  Additional
 

Insurance 

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Progressive Snapshot

A little device is the key to saving

Description
:
"Plug a little device into your car and within 30 days, you could save big!


The better you drive, the more you save with Snapshot, our revolutionary usage-based insurance program."

Twitter // Product Video

Price: $Free trial and then free for customers
Additional:
- Monitors how often you slam on the brakes; how many miles you drive; and how often you drive between midnight and 4 a.m.


travellers

Travelers IntelliDrive

Offering extra piece of mind

Description
:
"As an IntelliDrive customer, you can save money while gaining extra peace of mind. Getting started takes minutes and your first benefit starts as soon as you sign up!"

Twitter // Product Video

Price: $No charge for customers
Additional:
- Get discounts for low mileage cars and driving 
- Track mileage, driving behavior, driving parameter alerts
- View individual trips

Safety/Security Focused

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CarLock

The easiest way to monitor your car on your mobile phone.

Description
:
"Time is crucial in the recovery of the stolen vehicle. Chances for the recovery of the stolen vehicle are close to none if authorities are not notified in the first 24 hours.

Secure your car with CarLock and get notified effectively!"

- Product video

Apps:
Apple // Android

Price: $99 + $9.60/Month service
Additional:
- Built-in cellular and GPS antenna.

- Internal Backup Battery

- CarLock device will notify you in case of multiple alerts.

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SplitSecond

Drive Safe

Description
:
"splitsecnd is your emergency contact—connecting you to a splitsecnd responder at a moment’s notice when you’re in an accident to send help your way, wherever you may be."

Twitter // Product video

Price: $199.95 with $14.95/m service fee
Additional:
- Plugs into cigarette lighter, uses cellular modem
- Does not call 911 directly, instead it contacts a monitoring center to determine if 911 should be alerted.
- Button to call for medical emergencies

 

 Additional:

 

Fleet Management

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Cloud Your Car

Fleet management made simple. Finally

Description
:
"Cloud Your Car is a tool providing information about your employees driving behaviour. You will know exact amount of working hours spent in a car and detailed vehicle usage. You will be notified about most dangerous situations on the road like unexpected brakes and private trips.."

Twitter

Price: $N/A
Additional:
- 3g Connectivity
- fits a standard cigarette lighter socket

  Additional

 

DIY & Open Source

obdii-bluetooth Choose an OBDII Device:

These are generally priced from between $9.00 to $25.00 for those with Bluetooth or WiFi connections

- Amazon Search Bluetooth
- Amazon Search WiFi

and an App:

Iphone
- Engine Link $5.99 - 4.0 from 10 reviews
- DashCommand $49.99 - 3.5 from 344 reviews
- Rev $39.99 - 3.5 from 169 reviews
- Rev Light $0 - 3.0 from 4828

Android
- Torque Pro $4.95 - 4.7 from 13,859 reviews
- Torque Light $0 - 4.4 from 3,808 reviews
- Car Gauge Pro $5.95 - 4.0 from 103 reviews
- OBD Link $0 - 4.0 from 117 reviews

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Open XC Platform


Description
:
"OpenXC is a combination of open source hardware and software that lets you extend your vehicle with custom applications and pluggable modules. It uses standard, well-known tools to open up a wealth of data from the vehicle to developers.

Price: $N/A

arduino-obd

Arduino OBD-II adapter


Description:
"This Arduino-based OBD-II data logger kit consists of all parts needed to puts up a working OBD-II data logging device. It displays (on a 128×64 OLED display module) and records (to a SD card) selected OBD-II data (engine RPM, speed etc.)." 
Price: $59-109

 


Additional

  • Ford Sync
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • CARAPP
    "V200 Bluetooth Wireless Trip Computer OBDII Scanner' $66
  • 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."
  • OpenXC Platform
    "OpenXC™ is a combination of open source hardware and software that lets you extend your vehicle with custom applications and pluggable modules."

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

Companies

  • 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.'"