Americans are increasingly living digital lives, and when it comes to buying or building your home, technology has become an essential component. Elliot Grimm with the Consumer Technology Association shares the latest findings on the rise of home technology installations and what it means for the home builder market.
Jerry in Minnesota listens on KNSI 103.3 FM and asked:
I’m looking for software to put on my phone to download my car maintenance, that will tell me MPG and keep track of and check my oil change and plugs and wires as well as brakes.
You will need more than just software if you’re want to get any information from your car. You will need some kind of device that gets the information for you.
There are plenty of OBD2 port devices that will try to pull diagnostics and performance data from your car, and some of those will display it on your phone.
Automatic, for example, is a very famous $100 device that seeks to turn your car into a smartcar that can interact with your smarthome. Automatic will give you fuel consumption data, performance data, driving habits data, and more.
There are other options, like cheap $10-15 units that should be able to talk to your phone via bluetooth, but won’t have any smart features.
They will all have limitations though, your OBD port probably won’t have much to say about the state of your brakes, or any plugs or wires that are still functional.
On-board computers are just not checking every aspect of your car’s health yet, so some things will still need to be done the old fashioned way, even if you have a smartphone app to give you on-board diagnostics data.