Delphi is already marketing the device for commercial uses and Tieman said updates are coming to make it even more effective for that use.
For anyone who’s ever had a “Check Engine” light come on, the diagnostics device does the same thing a mechanic would do at a shop. It can not only identify the code generated by the car’s computer, but it can translate what the code means into plain English.
Another alert comes on if the battery voltage gets low, which could save someone who’s left their lights on.
This is all from a black box the size of a cigarette package. Online reviews say the biggest knock on the device might be its reliance on Verizon’s signal, but even here, Delphi engineers have provided cover by making the device Bluetooth compatible. Even if a driver is out of signal range, he or she can still use the virtual key fob, Tieman explained.
Everything updates through a smartphone’s app store.
Conceptualized and specified by Delphi Kokomo engineers and product developers, the component was designed and manufactured by a selected supplier, Irvine, Calif.-based AnyDATA, and the software in the cloud server and downloadable apps were developed by Lixar IT of Ottawa, Canada, according to Delphi global communications manager Kristen Kinley.
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