What do you do when the Check Engine light comes on? No, seriously, what do you do? I personally have zero idea what I
would need to do, aside from taking it to the mechanic and
having him/her take a look at it. All the while I'm waiting, I'm sweating profusely, anticipating the damage my wallet is going
to take. Going to the auto shop is like going to the dentist, it's terrifying.
Unfortunately, I don't know much when it comes to
understanding cars. That's why a while back, I wrote about and backed the project Right PSI. And now, looking to further crowdfund-up my car, I have excitingly backed a product that will help diagnose my vehicle.
Knowing a better way must exist in order to understand what exactly is wrong with a car when the death light comes on, a few Georgia Tech friends have come up with an impressive tool to solve the problem. Rachel, John, Rikin, and Kevin of the company FIXD, are about to change how we perceive our car's problems and know when to take action to solve an issue(s).
Composed of two components, FIXD "helps you better understand your vehicle by translating check engine lights and tracking service intervals." By hooking up the FIXD Sensor to your car's dash (OBD-II port), it sends signals to the FIXD app on your phone. It provides you with information relating to your car's health and its stability.
FIXD will relay messages regarding the severity of the problem(s) with your car, so that you know how quickly you need to take action. As explained, "FIXD will tell you what is going to happen with your car if you can’t get it fixed immediately, and FIXD will give you an estimate of how much it will cost to get that problem repaired." And considering that you can leave the sensor plugged-in at all times, every time you start the vehicle, it will connect with your phone through bluetooth connection. This will allow you to have up to date statuses on how your car is performing. FIXD provides the capability of keeping tabs on your car's overall performance, so that you're aware of when to take action based on the maintenance required.
More than likely, we have all experienced the anguishing feeling of seeing a light come on in the dash. The light doesn't explain what the problem is, and opening up the hood won't help either if you don't understand car anatomy. FIXD will help us be aware of our car's status, and give us an estimated cost for any problems that have taken place.
Potentially, FIXD could reach many car owners who don't have new model cars with smart features already pre-installed. No longer will we have to tremble at the thought of what could be wrong with our car. By having FIXD, we'll be able to extend the life of our vehicle by attaining to its needs sooner than later. We're getting smarter in every component of our lives, so why not do the same in understanding our most important portal of transportation.
Overall, having the capability to maintain a stable car POPs.
FIXD's Campaign Page