DIGITAL DIAGNOSTIC APP FOR CARS
FOR just under R2 500, Free State company Kriel Technology group offers a digital mechanic that plugs into any car built after 1996 and pairs with smartphones to provide drivers with constant engine and vehicle monitoring.
The app pairs with iOS7 and Android 4,0 systems and shuts the plug-in diagnostic off when you are not driving.
Gerhard Kriel calls the system the Drivebot, and said in a statement that it will diagnose your car to see if there’s any sign of hidden problems, as well as give simple instructions to cope with those problems.
The Drivebot plugs into the diagnostics port, which is usually placed under the steering wheel, to check and monitor mechanical systems, record trip logs, give route advice and provide business-expense tracking.
The driver gets maintenance reminders too, including for tune-ups when the car reaches a certain mileage, for tyre changing and for checking brakes.
Drivebot’s built-in-flash storage can store roughly two months of trip data.
There is also a low-battery voltage alarm.
Buyers of used cars can also use the Drivebot to check a car’s condition under the hood without even opening it.
The Drivebot plugs into any car built after 1996 to monitor the engine, diagnose trouble and keep trip records.