How about a car health check, and a report on your driving behavior without going to a mechanic or running into the police? Dash connects your car to your phone with a simple device. I talked with Jamyn and Ethan to find out more.
How does Dash propose to turn any car into a smart car?
Dash connects your smartphone to your car with a simple, low-cost device which you can install yourself – simply reach under your steering wheel and plug it in! Once that’s in place, we can use all of your smartphone’s capabilities to analyze your driving and help you avoid bad habits. We monitor your driving and notify you when we see unsafe or inefficient behavior, log your trips and calculate fuel consumption, and finally give you an overall score to help you keep improving.
How can I check if my car is compatible with the device?
All cars with an OBD-II or EOBD port are compatible; in practice this means almost all passenger cars made after 1996. We even have pretty good support for diesel vehicles!
What is, in your opinion, the most useful metric Dash provides?
Several of us in the office find that, at the end of the day, the efficiency calculations (both per trip and weekly/monthly) are the most valuable: we’ve been shocked at just how low the averages are for some of our city trips, and how much we’ve been spending to drive. It really pays to plan out your driving to avoid the worst traffic.
Is Dash available outside the US, and when can we expect an iOS version?
Yes! We’re very pleased to have launched on Android in the EU, the Middle East, and Australia / New Zealand. iOS has just launched in the US App Store a few weeks ago, and we’re currently looking for international beta testers. Just email us at email@example.com to get in!
One note on international support: we are still working on finding partners to provide fuel station and mechanic data for users outside of the US, but the core features are already working internationally.
What other startup is on your radar and why?
That’s a tough one – we’re based in New York, which has just recently become a vibrant hub for tech startups. There are tons of clever ideas. However, we find ourselves with a lot of respect for the work that companies like Knewton are doing; we think that the best new companies are about solving problems and leaving the world a better place than we found it. We aspire to do the same: small improvements to behavior can have a significant cumulative effect!
Find out more about Dash at https://dash.by/