Using Arduino Stanley Huang based in Sydney Australia has created a new vehicle telematics device called Freematics which can be linked with your smartphone and offer access to a variety of vehicle data.
Vehicle telematics refers to the use of telecommunications and informatics systems within road vehicles to offer a variety of features such as vehicle data logging and analysis, mobile data transmission, wireless vehicle safety communications as well as intelligent vehicle technologies and more. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Freematics project and see it in action.
“The core of most vehicle telematics projects is the data, including vehicle ECU data, GPS data and some sensor (e.g. accelerometer) data . A motor vehicle works as a closed systems for many reasons. The OBD-II port, equipped in most modern cars as a compulsory standard, opens up a gate to the internal status of a car. OBD-II is no longer only used by professionals and hobbyists to repair vehicles.
The information it provides is commonly used by vehicle telematics devices that perform fleet tracking, monitor fuel efficiency, prevent unsafe driving, as well as for remote diagnostics and by Pay-As-You-Drive insurance. Although originally not intended for the above purposes, commonly supported OBD-II data such as Vehicle Speed, RPM, and Fuel Level allow fleet tracking devices to monitor vehicle idling times, speeding, and over-revving.”
The Freematics project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Freematics is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Freematics become a reality.