App monitors your car’s health, alerts you to problems
If you’re tired of getting hit with huge car repair bills, Drivebot – a “Fitbit for your car” – can help. The small smart device plugs into your car and pairs with your phone via Bluetooth to monitor your car’s health and alert you to problems as they occur. Drivebot helps you stay on top of car maintenance and repair issues so you can nip them in the bud and prevent massive, costly repairs down the road. The device also tracks your driving and offers suggestions on ways to cut down on your mileage and habits in order to save on gas money.
To use Drivebot, simply plug it into your car’s OBD-II port, usually located below the steering wheel, then pair it with your smartphone using Bluetooth. Drivebot works with OBD-II compatible cars, which are most cars sold in the U.S. since 1996. OBD stands for On-Board Diagnostics, which is the same tool mechanics use to check on your car’s internal state. By accessing the OBD, Drivebot gives you accurate information on your car’s health.
The Drivebot app translates the statistics and codes from the OBD into easy-to-understand language so you can stay in sync with what’s going on in your car. The app works with iOS 7 or later and Android 4.5 or later.
In addition to sending you notifications of mechanical issues that arise, Drivebot also reminds you when to go for your regular car check-ups. All the maintenance and early detection can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs and keep you driving safely.
Drivebot also tracks your trips and offers helpful suggestions on ways to reduce your mileage and conserve gas. Drivebot features built-in flash storage that can hold your car’s trip data for up to two months. By analyzing your trip data, Drivebot offers route ideas to use less fuel, avoid traffic and save money. The app also helps you track how much you spend on gas so you can see how your driving habits affect your budget.
The Drivebot team of engineers is currently raising funds on Indiegogo, where you can pre-order the smart driving device for $75. Drivebots are expected to start shipping in February 2015.