Device checks car’s health
MECHANIC Advisors has a new diagnostic key that will make that shinging check-engine light a little bit less disheartening by giving car owners a portal into the health of their vehicle.
The device plugs into the vehicle’s standard On-Board Diagnostics port, linking to iOS and Android smartphones to provide realtime vehicle data and decipher more than 20 000 error codes — the same diagnostic tools available to mechanics. It’ll also provide alerts when it’s time to change oil or replace tires, and according to the company, will work with almost any vehicle manufactured since 1996.
The company also plans to improve the service by using anonymous data to provide useful information such as known issues for specific models of car, breaking down stats based on location and driving habits. The company believes that giving drivers real-time stats will not only help educate them about their vehicles, but should also eliminate the distrust surrounding auto repairs. When your check engine light flicks on, you simply fire up the app to see what’s wrong and contact a mechanic suitable for fixing the specific issue, as selected by the company’s online referral engine.
The Connection Key is also built with safety in mind, with all data being encrypted when transferred between the device and the user’s smartphone.
The Connection Key is available for pre-order for R575 ($50), including shipping.