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Can't remember where you parked your car? Don't worry! Your iPhone 4S will, AUTOMATICALLY!
Can't remember where you parked your car? Don't worry! Your iPhone 4S will, AUTOMATICALLY!
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1.1 Update

We just wanted to keep everyone up to date with our latest findings.

Thank you to our volunteers who were willing to wipe their phones to help us confirm that with only our Find My Car Smarter installed that the battery drain issue did not reproduce. We realize that this of course in no way addresses the drain issue, but it does give us a better understand as to the nature of the problem.

We've generated two small test apps that can reproduce the drain issue, albeit intermittently. We've opened up a Technical Support Incident with Apple and sent them the source code. We've also posted the technical details and source code up to Stack Overflow and the Apple Developer Forums for feedback from those communities. The technical details are in the links and we won't re-hash them here. For any developers, we welcome your insight.

Update 1.1 was submitted to the AppStore over the weekend. 

Here are some of the new features:

Drag and drop parking pins

Notification of Weak GPS signal

Hybrid mode:

Manually Update Your Parking Location

Setup a One-Time Parking Notification

Configure Parking Hotspots, so that when you park in that Hotspot a Parking Meter Notification is automatically scheduled.

There is an issue that we had long seen in iOS 5.0.1 where we would get false Bluetooth connect events on launch. This looks to have been fixed in iOS 5.1. In our 1.0 builds we did not use the Bluetooth connect event, so we could ignore these false connect events. We only used the disconnect event to trigger a location save. However, in 1.1 we now use the connect event to trigger the "Enroute" message when you're driving and to cancel park meter notifications, so it becomes an issue. After the 1.1 update gets approved, we'll hold it until iOS 5.1 gets released publicly. It looks like this could happen as early as next week. If anyone wants an early drop please just send us your UUID and we'll send you an ad-hoc build.

We appreciate everyone's continued patience as we continue to work towards resolving the battery drain issue.

For the 1.2 update we'll start looking at how to implement Dropbox sync'ing. If anyone else has any other feature requests please post them to our forum.

As always feel free to drop us an email or post in our forum.


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    1. FMC Smart Creator on March 2, 2012

      @Paul Thanks for all your assistance in helping us debug this issue!
      @Terri We're confused you had already sent us an email on Feb 14 for usage instructions and USPS shows your device confirms delivery on Feb 2. Please send us an email.

    2. Paul Selby on March 1, 2012

      As a tester for this battery drain issues, I know you're really invested in getting this working. Kudos to you.

      Also, I'm so glad to see continued development on the app. I love the new features, what you have planned, and knowing I'll keep seeing more!

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      Terri Chavez on March 1, 2012

      I can't get this to work and I need it cause I'm going to Boston tomorrow! I pledged $30 and did not receive the smart car device. Can u mail it to a different address?