Monday, November 22, 2010

AutoBot app lets you control your car

autobot  AutoBot app lets you control your carAutoBot is an upcoming product from the company Mavizon. It works with a Bluetooth OBD-II dongle and can “diagnose engine troubles, keep track of maintenance, and locate your car via GPS coordinates”. Amazingly, It can even be configured to automatically send a text to loved ones if you get into an accident, telling them your GPS coordinates. The whole lot will cost around $300 for the hardware and software with some other extra fees possibly added once it does launch.

The AutoBot plugs into OBD-II connector usually found under the steering wheel column in your car, and syncs up to an Internet-based account, which you can access via a smartphone app or by regular browser jockeying.
Installing the device should be as easy as plugging a cell phone charger in. The only catch is that you’ll need to own a car made after 1996; cars built before 1996 aren’t equipped with the necessary OBD-II connector. It sounds great, but sadly it isn’t slated to be available until 2012.

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