SmartDrive, a Japanese startup developing automobile hardware and providing big-data analytics, just launched a crowdfunding campaign for Driveon, a combination of a mobile app and an OBD-II (On-board diagnostics II) device which allows users to record and check their driving habits/skills via smartphone.
Integrating with the device via BLE (Bluetooth low energy) to gather data like speed, temperatures both inside and outside the vehicle, sudden braking or acceleration, plus idling in addition to about 50 metrics concerning engine condition, the mobile app will also alert the driver when one acts dangerously as well as inefficiently. In this way, it will help improve driving skills so one can drive more safely.
The company plans to add more options to the menu linking up users with other service providers such as insurance outfits, parking lot operators, car repairers and gas stations, aiming to reduce traffic jams and accidents in a society leveraging big data analytics.
The product will be available for 9,800 yen (about $80) in the near future, but backers can now purchase it for the early-bird price starting at 3,000 yen (about $25) via pre-orders on Makuake, a crowdfunding site run by Japanese internet company CyberAgent (TSE:4751).
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy