Progressive Insurance offers customers the option to plug a device into their cars' OBDII ports to track their driving and lower their insurance rates. Unsurprisingly, it's about as secure as a Tiffany necklace left on a sidewalk. But that doesn't mean the dongle will turn your car into a killer robot. »
Automatic, the smartphone-connected OBDII dongle that does everything from tracking your gas mileage to diagnosing a check engine light, is getting into the drivers' ed business. It's called License+ and it's designed to keep tabs on new drivers during those crucial weeks and months after they're licensed.
There has been an unusual spike in the number of BMWs stolen in the UK this year, with some sources suggesting the number may be 300 cars or higher. The cars are being stolen without activating car alarms or immobilizers. »
As much as I love just complaining about stuff, loudly and whiningly, sometimes it's even better to actually do something. Which is exactly what we've done, regarding my screed about the need for something better than the "check engine" light. »
It's pretty easy to dismiss the "check engine" light as just stupid, because, well, it is. I suppose if you thought that the cause of smoke coming from under your hood had something to do with the floor mats, then, sure, the "check engine" light is handy, but beyond that, it's useless. But that's not the real problem.… »
If you drive older cars you're going to find yourself in a situation where you are nowhere near home and a check engine light suddenly appears. What does it mean? Is it just a bad spark plug? Is your engine going to explode? That's where the Pocketscan OBD II Pocket Scan Code Reader comes in handy. For around $90.00,… »
On his Cool Tools blog, Kevin Kelly profiles the Car Chip E/X, a nifty device that allows drivers to download precious info from a car's electronic
brain. The chip plugs into a car's interior OBDII interface and can record up to 300 hours of driving data, making it a kind of e-spy you can use to rat on… »