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FIXD helps you better understand your vehicle by translating check engine lights and tracking service intervals.
FIXD helps you better understand your vehicle by translating check engine lights and tracking service intervals.
750 backers pledged $37,747 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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The idea for FIXD came out of a conversation one of our founders had with his mother.

“A few months ago my mom called me because a light came on in her car’s dash and she had no idea what it meant. Luckily, I was able to help her diagnose the car remotely, and it turns out the problem was a malfunction in the airbag system. My mother’s life was in danger, but because that light was so vague, she had no idea. Her car was talking to her, but she wasn’t able to listen."

-John

But this story doesn't just apply to John's mom. We have all been there. You are driving along and your check engine light comes on, but what does this light really mean? In reality that one little light can mean over 7000 different things. 

We are building FIXD to make your car more accessible to you. We want to take the guess work out of maintaining your car. We want to give you confidence when dealing with repair shops. We want to give you peace of mind over all the cars that you own. We want you to turn to FIXD when you are having car troubles.

  • FIXD consists of the the FIXD Vehicle Sensor and the FIXD App
  • FIXD works with any car sold in the United States since 1996
  • The FIXD Vehicle Sensor plugs directly into your car’s dash, into the OBD-II (On Board Diagnostics-II) port
  • The FIXD Vehicle Sensor connects via Bluetooth to the FIXD App on your smartphone
  • Leave the sensor plugged in and every time you get in the car, FIXD is ready to translate what your car is trying to tell you
  • FIXD tells you what is wrong with your car and what it means to you

FIXD will clear the confusion when problems arise by giving you the severity of the issue at hand.

FIXD will tell you what is going to happen with your car if you can’t get it fixed immediately and FIXD will give you an estimate of how much it will cost to get that problem repaired.

FIXD will help lengthen the life of your vehicle by reminding you when your car needs maintenance.

FIXD will give you peace of mind about all the cars in your family through Multi-Vehicle Control.

Rachel: The Grand Organizer

Hey! I'm Rachel and I'm a Biomedical Engineer from Georgia Tech. Like people, cars get "sick", too - and the only way they can tell us what is wrong is through the check engine light. Our team knew that there must be a better way to diagnose your car's health - and now FIXD is here to help! I have a passion for creative innovation, especially when it means creating a solution to a wide-reaching problem. FIXD is the perfect solution for people (like me!) who don't speak "car". As the "Grand Organizer", I work on the business development side of things, and serve as "Team Mom" to John, Rikin, and Kevin.

John: The Car Guy

My name is John Gattuso and I am a Mechanical Engineer from Georgia Tech. I have always loved cars ever since I was a little kid, but it was my first year at GT that really helped me pursue my passion. I joined a club called Wreck Racing that builds racecars on a strict budget (http://wreckracing.gatech.edu/) and that is where I found my calling. I took every opportunity to learn everything I could about cars. My 4 years there helped give me the knowledge and understanding of cars to create FIXD.

Rikin: The Code Monkey

Hey I am Rikin, a Computer Scientist from Georgia Tech. I have a passion for solving problems and making cool things with computers. I have been coding for a while and somehow stumbled into an internship at Google, which was an awesome experience. But I realized that I wanna be at the forefront of creation. So, naturally, I wanted to work for a startup where I could really have some impact, and so here I am, developing the software for FIXD.

Kevin: The Designer

I've been a car person my entire life.  My background in design and my Mechanical Engineering degree at Georgia Tech have allowed me to work for Volvo's California Design Studio, Lit Motors, and Formation Design Group, where I have worked on product design, graphic design, and product rendering. Understanding the mobility needs of people around the world fascinates me. My main interest is the research, creation, and design of mobility solutions that will promote the safe, comfortable, and efficient travel of people in their daily lives. My passions and experiences have led me to the creation of FIXD, where I work mainly on design and user experience.  

We need your help to:

  • Have our manufacturers produce the first run of our FIXD Vehicle Sensors
  • Design and source packaging
  • Develop the FIXD Vehicle Sensor so that it works with iPhone 
  • Finish the development of the FIXD Android App
  • Develop the FIXD iPhone App

IT'S ALIVE!!

No, not Frankenstein, just our hardware. Check out the pictures below for our hardware in action.

Hey look! It's Rikin, but who's car is that??
Hey look! It's Rikin, but who's car is that??
Pairs with Android
Pairs with Android

The current Android Hardware (OBDII) is the white sensor shown above. 

Pairs with iPhone
Pairs with iPhone

The current iPhone Hardware (IDD-212) is the black sensor shown above.

We are working on creating a unified piece of hardware that will work with both, but rest assured, we currently have hardware that supports both platforms. 

Risks and challenges

Risk 1: Our current hardware only works with Android, so there is the potential for delays in developing the new hardware for use with iPhone.

Risk 2: In the development of any app, there is a potential for delays. We have tried to pad our schedule to allow for the unforseen, but there is always a chance of product development taking longer than we expected.

Risk 3: When dealing with manufacturers there is the potential for delay.

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FAQ

  • We are happy to ship internationally, but it needs to be on a case-by-case basis. We want to make sure that each backer has an OBD-II port in their car and we cannot ensure that with a blanket statement abroad, like we can in the USA (US: every car sold in the US since 1996). If you are abroad and want to back FIXD contact us with your car’s make, model, year, and country of purchase and we will figure it out for you. Also, we aren’t sure of the additional shipping cost, so our international backers will have to cover the shipping.

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  • If you bought your car in the United States and it is a 1996 model or newer then your car has one. Many other cars outside these parameters have the port, but contact us to make sure. For international backers we will have to evaluate it on a case-by-case basis even though most cars do.

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  • No, your smartphone will allow you to pair and communicate with multiple Bluetooth receivers at one time.

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  • No, you need Bluetooth enabled on your smartphone for FIXD to connect to the sensor and your car.

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  • There is no way for us to know exactly what it will cost for each repair. We try to aggregate what others have paid for the same problem. There is the possibility that other things need repair in order to fix the problem, which will add cost.

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  • As long as there is a person with the car running the FIXD App then you can see the status and details of that car through our Multi-Vehicle Control feature.

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  • There currently is no plan for Windows Phone, but if you send us an email through our websites (www.fixdapp.com) "contact us" page we will keep you updated on that front with FIXD.

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  • Yes it will.

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  • Currently the hardware is different for each platform. If you change phones contact us through our website (www.fixdapp.com) and we can send you the other hardware iff you return the original one to us.

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    Meet FIXD:
    Come take a tour of FIXD, meet the founders, and we will take you out to dinner in Atlanta. You set the day and time. Also, you get 4 FIXD Vehicle Sensors and 4 FIXD Apps to connect your family.
    (travel to Atlanta not included)

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    The founder's of FIXD will take you karting at either Andretti's or AMP, give you a tour of FIXD, and then take you out to dinner in Atlanta. You set the day and time. Also, you get 4 FIXD Vehicle Sensors and 4 FIXD Apps to connect your family.
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