Hey everyone! I’m part of a tiny company working to make a better vehicle decoder. We’re curious to see if there’s any interest in what we’re making, and what our process is. Our intent for developing our platform is to provide data that is inaccessible by OBD2-only scantools. Our method is passive. This allows for us to decode far larger volumes of data without taxing the vehicle by injecting traffic onto an already crowded bus.
The OBD2-only protocol is commonly used to extract data, but cannot decode things like door position, state of lighting, state of HVAC, mass airflow, shifter, current/desired gear, steering wheel angle, turn signals, brake switch and more.
I’d like to spark a discussion about the applicable telematic applications that people might want to see, how these parameters would be best displayed, and anything else that might come to mind.
Currently, we have plans for performance enhancement, fuel efficiency, safety, alerts and reminders, data logging, recreation, car customization, and so much more. We will be adding compatibility for third-party applications, and potentially integrating third-party hardware. In the distant future, we hope to become a Vehicle to Vehicle communications platform.
This is a telematics tool designed to be used with recordings as well as live data. Our focus is to decode at very high data rates without injecting requests onto the vehicle like OBD2 does. We can record and analyze persistent data over time e.g. tire pressure to determine if you might have a slow leak.
For example, on our test vehicle (a 2010 Infiniti G37), the TPMS (tire pressure measurement system) reads and stores tire pressures, but they cannot be viewed on the vehicle’s multifunction displays. Our system can read and display data on an external device (e.g. tablet, cell phone) to increase the functionality of the car.