OBD2

Sam Abuelsamid, Riding High

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1692

Sam joins Leo to talk about the demise of AUTOMATIC, a telematics device that plugs into the OBD2 port on your car to let you keep up on the health of your vehicles. Sadly, Automatic called it quits this week due to the Covid19 pandemic. Leo says that there are plenty of other devices similar to Automatic that will work without connecting to a server. AT&T has one called the SPARK that includes a wifi hotspot and LTE service. Sam says that as time goes on, the third-party market is shrinking because new cars have these functions built-in.

Sam Abuelsamid .... Ported

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1591

Sam joins to talk about a new product that plugs into your car's OBD2 diagnostic port and can tell you what's wrong with your car. It uses Bluetooth and an app that reads the code and tells you what is wrong. But there are also other uses like monitoring your driving for a better insurance rate. It can also read all the messages the car shares with the manufacturer, or other devices in the car. 

Is it safe to plug my dash cam into my car's diagnostic port?

Owl Dashcam

Episode 1477

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny bought the Owl Dashcam and needs a few tips. Leo says that the Owl ties into its own LTE connection and communicates to you through your mobile device. It's also voice controlled and can save video clips with a simple command. Johnny is concerned that connecting the Owl to his onboard diagnostic port will void his Audi's warranty. Leo says that connecting to the OBD2 port could give someone access to the car's computer system, but the Owl only draws power from it.