A new mobile phone app aims to take the guesswork out of the ‘Check Engine’ warning light in your instrument cluster, along with all the other warning lights.
Called FIXD, the app pairs a smartphone with your car via Bluetooth using a specially-designed sender unit connected to the vehicle’s diagnostic plug.
A fault code relating to airbags is displayed as a ‘red’ warning - indicating potential danger to the vehicle’s occupants - while an oxygen sensor fault is displayed as an amber warning.
The ‘consequences’ for each fault are explained, along with an estimated cost for the owner to rectify the problem (or get it 'FIXD').
FIXD also allows one smartphone to monitor more than one car, and keeps track of regular maintenance in a way that can be passed on to a future owner.
The Android version of FIXD is scheduled to launch for US customers in the Australian spring, available to pre-order for US$40 (AU$43), followed by an Apple version in autumn next year.
This timeline and indeed whether the product will launch at all is subject to change, however, as the creators of FIXD have turned to group-funding site Kickstarter seeking financial assistance to get their idea off the ground.
Kickstarter is also the chosen funding source for the Australian supercar project from carmaker JOSS.
A similar but more involved (and more expensive) app to FIXD called ‘Automatic’ made the leap to Android earlier this year.