October 29, 2013 > A new handy gadget: AutoAide
A new handy gadget: AutoAide
Submitted By Manohar Kamath
Forgetting where the carÕs parked happens to everyone. But what if there was an app for that. Wait, there is! And not only does it help locate your car, it will identify the issue that caused your check engine light to turn on too.
I am a long time Fremont resident and partner in a startup enterprise called Park.IT, a handy app dubbed a ÒParking God,Ó that comes with AutoAide, a new plug-and-play hardware device that couples with a free iOS or Android app to offer top-of-the-line vehicle diagnostics, navigation, and parking support.
AutoAide allows your smartphone to talk directly with your carÕs on-board system and features an integrated GPS system, accelerometer, and parking/driving status sensor. Launching on Kickstarter, this three-in-one product offers something for everyone Ð and for practically every type of car.
ÒConnectivity is a growing demand for many drivers,Ó said Calvin Liu, co-founder of AutoAide. ÒOur product has three core functions that serve all makes and models produced after 1995, making it the most compatible device for a variety of consumers, no matter if they drive a 1996 Plymouth Voyager or a 2013 Cadillac CTS Coupe.Ó
Another thing that sets AutoAide apart from its competitors: price. The device, which includes hardware and software components, is available to early Kickstarter backers for $55, and will retail for $65 with no subscription fees or update costs. Compare that to commercial GPS Bluetooth devices that sell for $100 or more, and only offer a fraction of the functionality.
Other core functions of AutoAide: deciphers dashboard warning light causes the moment they appear, monitors car battery health and reminders drivers when a new battery is needed, reduces phone battery drainage while on the road by enhancing smartphone GPS, improves the performance and accuracy of any smartphone app that uses GPS, finds available parking for drivers in unfamiliar areas, tells drivers if open parking spaces are legal to park in, and finds a carÕs location.
Additionally, AutoAide can sense whether a car is being driven, idling, or waiting for the driver to return after parked, and conveniently sets up automated reminders that help drivers avoid parking tickets.
ÒEvery car and driver need help every once in a while,Ó said Manohar Kamath, co-founder of AutoAide. ÒOur device helps people drive safer, find parking more efficiently, and be smarter about vehicle maintenance.Ó
For more information on AutoAide visit: www.park.it/autoaide or to help us promote and fund our enterprise at the Kickstarter project, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1700006728/autoaide-be-smarter-when-driving-and-maintaining-y.