The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

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.

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