We live in the age of the Internet or things. All kinds of appliances such as vending machines, ATM’S or coffee machines can be managed and viewed remotely. Crazy enough this doesn’t apply for cars. You only notice that there is something wrong with the owner of the vehicle when the owner signs his vehicle up. Or if there is a storage vehicle in front of your garage. Often more damage is done than necessary. Preventive and proactive maintenance based on the technical condition of the car is not possible. As in the previous century, it is sent at the manufacturer’s maintenance intervals and guessed on the awareness of the driver.
The technical market focuses on developing gadgets for the consumer. Many car manufacturers offer so-called “connected car” technology, which allows the driver (often) to view limited information about the car by means of an app on his phone. Nice and innovative, but the question is: what do you get out of this as a company?
Additionally, there are gadgets where the customer uses the smartphone to connect through Bluetooth to get certain information about the car. This solution has more disadvantages than benefits: failure or lack of Bluetooth connectivity does not provide you with the required information.
A question that the automotive industry has often said: “Isn’t there an innovative solution that we as a company gain something from?”
The modern car is full of computers, sensors and software. These constantly monitor and control the state of a vehicle. Data on the technical state can be retrieved via the OBD 2 interface. This will not happen until the car is in the garage. However, this is no longer necessary today. By requesting the OBD 2 interface periodically while driving and sending this data directly to a central back office, this data can be viewed from a distance. In particular, error messages (DTC’s) can be brought directly to the garage’s attention. In this way, a car like a coffee machine becomes part of the IOT.
Our product: The Multianalyzer
Our solution consists of 2 components: mainly one device, the multi-analyzer, and a platform that processes messages from the device and makes available to the connected garages.
The multi analyzer is an on-board diagnostic device that connects to the OBD 2 interface of the car. Periodically, data (PIDs) is retrieved and sent to GPRS to a central back office. When mistakes are detected, a message is sent to the back office immediately sent to the garage that carries out maintenance. By logging in to our platform, all collected data can be made available.