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About this project
This is the platform that lets you set up and program your intelligent car
What if your car was intelligent like KITT in the 80’s TV show Knight Rider? With AutoPi all cars become intelligent and can have eyes, ears and a voice.
Until now all functionality and data from cars have belonged only to the manufacturers. With AutoPi the car owners can, as a cooperating community, take control over their own vehicles and data without having to be an engineer.
The AutoPi Dongle and the AutoPi Cloud is an IoT maker platform, which allows you to add advanced features to your car and gives you a lot of extension possibilities.
With both a hardware dongle and a software cloud platform, we offer you some of the coolest features available today.
There are virtually no limits to what you can build with the AutoPi platform
Below you can see some of our best ideas, and we hope to inspire you guys to make some truly cool stuff!
On our website, it is possible to vote for the usecase you want us to develop first. When our Kickstarter campaign ends, we will build the feature with most votes.
The rest of the features will be implemented after our Kickstarter campaign ends, starting with the most voted.
IoT maker platform
With the AutoPi Cloud we provide access to an online cloud platform where you can manage every aspect of your intelligent car.
The AutoPi Cloud comes with a range of built-in features ready to use right away. These features includes:
Fully customizable dashboard with interactive widgets.
View data from your historic trips.
Easily add new features from a growing add-ons library.
Discover advanced OBD/CAN commands from a growing user-maintained library.
Test and communicate directly with your car, using the built-in terminal.
Advanced if-this-then-that triggers. You can add your own triggers and events - even from custom built code.
Create your own code modules with the built-in IDE and integrate with new external devices and more.
The best foundation for your car-based IoT project
AutoPi Core runs on your AutoPi Dongle and ensures communication with your car, connected peripheral devices and communication to the AutoPi Cloud. It collects and securely stores your vehicle data, letting you access them from the AutoPi Cloud or via the API.
We have created a software stack from the bottom up. You can focus on building killer features right away, instead of spending time on tedious configuration and setup of the underlying platform foundation (drivers, network, security, logging etc.).
Highlights of the AutoPi Core
Enforces maximum security on your AutoPi Dongle.
Ensures stable and secure communication with your car.
Integrates with connected peripheral devices.
Advanced power management to prevent battery drain.
One powerful device
AutoPi is built on top of Raspberry Pi and works as the link between your car and the AutoPi Cloud. We decided to pack it with a number of leading edge hardware components, giving you maximum possibilities.
The AutoPi Dongle comes assembled with a Raspberry Pi Zero Wirelss and works out-of-the-box, but in some cases you may need more processing power for advanced tasks. That is why we created the AutoPi Rasperry Pi 3 Adapter board. This is a small HAT adapter, which makes sure that the AutoPi Dongle can be connected to the Raspberry Pi 3.
The adapter board will be available as an add-on purchase after this Kickstarter campaign ends. We will send out a survey mail to all backers where you can opt in to add this to your pledge.
We have created a few demonstration videos that will teach and show you exactly how to use the features of the AutoPi Cloud platform.
Installation of the AutoPi Dongle is simple. It just needs to be plugged into your car's OBD-II port. All cars produced after 2002 have an OBD-II port.
With a simple setup procedure, similar to a Google Chromecast, everyone can do it.
We have packed the AutoPi Dongle with leading edge hardware components, giving it unprecedented specifications.
The AutoPi dongle comes fully assembled and ready to be plugged into your car. This is included in the box when you receive your copy.
We want to be honest and upfront about our delivery dates. Here is how we see the timeline.
Compare the different AutoPi Dongle editions, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Always upgradeable The WiFi Only and DIY editions can always be upgraded later on with any supported 4G/LTE modem, if needed.
We decided to group our rewards in batches, matching the delivery times from the timeline.
Please note that rewards delivered first will have a price reduction, but will initially only contain a subset of software features. However, all rewards will automatically receive software updates when released.
All rewards are EU friendly. They are shipped from Denmark and no EU customs and duty will be added.
Choose the reward right for you
We have arranged for a trusted and well-known company to ship the AutoPi to you after a successful Kickstarter Campaign. This will help you get your AutoPi faster, and allows us to offer EU and USA friendly shipping.
We are proud to offer worldwide shipping. Whether you are in the USA, South America or India, you can purchase an AutoPi without worrying about expensive shipping costs!
We are serious about software building and know it takes time. While we have come a long way, not everything is 100% ready.
We decided to release the AutoPi Core and AutoPi Cloud in three phases resulting in three software releases. Each software release matches a pledge batch level. Below are the features and their completeness for each release.
Please note: By default, all dongles will automatically be updated (when online) when new software releases are rolled out.
The AutoPi project has been a long journey, ranging a couple of years back. Our vision for the project has been changed somewhat from the beginning. We have been through many revisions of our prototype and this has brought us to where we are now. Our initial concept was built on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, but when the Zero became available we decided to incorporate it instead.
We are a team of dedicated and hardworking friends. We are engineers, creators, innovators, thinkers, makers, software developers and much more.
We are located in Aalborg, Denmark.
Risks and challenges
We are a serious startup with a talented full-time team. We have been partnering with suppliers and reduced many of the risks typical of a hardware startup.
However, the risks in production are serious. For a product with this advanced functionality, we have to make sure performance is perfect. We have to go through rigorous testing. With a serious delivery timeline for hardware and software, we have tried to minimize the overall risks. We have taken every precaution to prepare and with the support of our manufacturing partners, we are well equipped for the challenges ahead.
We promise to maintain transparency and to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues that may arise and our solutions to such. We want to deliver the best possible product into your hands as soon as possible.