Dash: The Fitbit of Car Diagnostics Apps
Looking for a great car diagnostics app available for both Android and iPhone? Check out Dash, a startup out of New York on board to become a Fitbit for your car. It includes a hardware device that links up to your smartphone to provide real-time, data driven feedback on everything from driving performance to fuel metrics to repair info, like whether or not that nasty check engine light is worth losing sleep over.
Plugs into Any Bluetooth Connected OBD Device
In addition to the app, you do need to purchase an OBD device, either from within the Dash mobile application or the Dash homepage. Already have an OBD device? No worries. The company doesn’t pull an Apple on you and monopolize their technology. It will work with any Bluetooth enabled device, which can range anywhere from $10 to $70, though of course you likely get what you pay for. Premium offerings promise better connection, better power options, and higher quality experience when it comes to understanding the engine diagnostics of your vehicle.
“Dash offers a variety of ‘connected car’ features, including the ability to track your trips, watch your gas consumption, find nearby gas prices, detect crashes and alert emergency services, understand the warning messages your car’s computer throws and even locate a reliable mechanic who can resolve the problem,” a 2014 Techcrunch article notes.