If you missed our Kickstarter, you can now pre-order AwareCar
We want to impart context awareness to everyday objects. There is a lot of potential for this approach since features are delivered via app upgrades which are forever free!
AwareCar on ABC TV News Channel:
Our initial goal: Let's impart smartness to cars at an affordable price
AwareCar is the world's first system to use context awareness to make cars smarter. Our device contextually connects your car and phone. Our free app understands when you park or drive your car and does tasks magically. Simply toss the ultra compact device into your glove box and GO!
#1 Remember where you parked whenever you leave the car. No need to manually save the location.
In addition to matching features offered by other smart car gadgets, AwareCar is world's first app to remember parking levels/floor. It differentiates us from every other smart car gadget in the market currently. We are able to do this by using the newest sensors in your phone that track elevation.
#2 Launch apps via single swipe from lock screen as you approach the car or any object of your choice.
Take a look at our stretch goals to find how it will work with other objects.
#3 Remind you to enter a time when you park in a metered spot.
#4 Notify you to walk back to your metered parking spot before time expires to avoid *that* parking ticket.
#5 DND, if driving:
If you choose, AwareCar can optionally set your Android phone to Do Not Disturb mode while driving. This mode reduces interruptions and removes the urge to text. If you enable it, this feature will automatically trigger whenever you drive. Note: This feature is optional and not enabled by default.
#6 Multi Car Support:
We will add support for tracking multiple cars in the app. Each car can be tagged with a different label and color. Families or friends sharing cars can optionally share the parked location of their car if they move it. This feature will require further user interface work, and we will develop it alongside feedback from backers.
#7 IFTTT Integration:
If This Then That (IFTTT) is a popular tool that allows users to configure actions based on certain activities they've done. These "recipes" allow users to link a variety of services and create unique behaviors. If this stretch goal is unlocked, we will work with IFTTT to create an AwareCar channel with a variety of events such as approaching your car.
#8 Multi Object Support:
Overwhelming number of backers have requested abilities to track and interact with other objects such as handbags, RC copters, pets, bikes, motorcycles, etc. If we hit $100K we plan to release an additional single purpose "Aware" app that would work with any object. And of course this new additional app will be FREE for all our backers.
Features such as tracking and opening select-apps when near AwareDevice will be available for all objects with this new "Aware" app. For instance, you could put an aware device in basement and configure it to open torchlight in your phone whenever you go to basement. Or you could configure to remember your handbag, bike or motorcycle. Creativity is the only limit :) We love context aware apps and we will continue to build more awesome apps.
All features except "#3 remind you to enter a time when you park in a metered spot" will work internationally out of the box. We need city data to detect if you are in a metered parking spot. This data is readily available only for some cities globally. Even if city data is not available we plan to use a crowdsourced approach to gather the data ourselves. Once anyone marks a spot anywhere in the world as metered spot, we can add it to our database. Thus, eventually even feature #3 will work internationally.
Note that "#4 Notify you to walk back" will work out of the box internationally once the time is entered and does not depend on having city data.
Also if you want your city data to be incorporated into the app immediately, we suggest you take a look at our rewards section.
We have the hardware configured correctly and are now calibrating the signal strength and sensitivity to work for the car use case flawlessly. We are working to optimize battery life for the device and to minimize the power drain on your phone. We think it’s important that the device works flawlessly even when in the glovebox of your car. We have completed our prototypes but we need your support in sizable numbers to make manufacturing possible.
Right now we have an iOS prototype. We want to release both iOS and android apps that work with any of aware devices purchased via Kickstarter.
AwareCar is the first system that combines the insight from your car’s context with measurements from your phone’s sensors to solve some of challenging and interesting problems related to driving cars.
Modern phones come packed with powerful sensors like GPS, already. When you’re in motion, the iPhone M8 motion coprocessor continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a new barometer. And now those sensors do even more, measuring your steps, distance, and elevation changes.
Instead of packing these sensors again in a new smart car device, we leverage the car's context and the phone's sensor data by using a simple device. We call it an "AwareDevice.” It lets your phone understand when you are approaching, leaving or driving the car. The new micro-location services in iOS and Android allows us to monitor contextual events using Bluetooth Low Energy. Using these contexts and your phone's sensors we are able to implement useful smart car features.
This technology and approach could be extended to other objects as well. Refer our stretch goals for more details.
One AwareDevice + Free AwareCar app for iOS or Android is all you need to access all of the above features and more.
Three simple steps:
1. Pre-order the AwareDevice
2. Toss it in your glovebox
3. Install our free app
The device is almost ready. We have tested the device with an iOS prototype. Work remains to be done in improving signal strength, its calibration and ensuring the device works well for all sorts of vehicles. We want to make it work flawlessly even when inside the glovebox of your car.
We also need your support to complete the app development for iOS and Android.
Ongoing development efforts center around the following components:
- Refining and simplifying the user interface is a top priority.
- Intelligent and interactive notifications that only appear at relevant times.
- Understanding user's context and making sure we don't bombard you with unnecessary information.
- Remembering parking location in multi-level garage when GPS signal is almost unavailable. We need to write significant chunks of framework that could use signal from our device + GPS when available to remember parking spot locations without fail.
- Integration of known parking meter locations and city maps. Right now, information about metered parking spots are available from disparate sources. Integrating them into our maps is significant work. We are planning to push this out in a rolling fashion. Refer to our rewards for more details.
- Integration of street cleaning data. Right now street cleaning information is available from a variety of sources, and incorporating it into the app will make for a more streamlined experience.
- We are providing AwareCar iOS app, Android app and AwareDevice (battery included) as rewards. You will be able to use our app and all future updates to the app with this device.
- Swag: Get this bumper sticker FREE with any of our rewards when you share our project on Facebook or Twitter.
If there are any features that you believe would be a great addition to AwareCar, please add them in the comments section. We consider all our backers as founding members of this project.
Participate in our backer's survey. Vote for the features you want. Be part of our founding family. Help us reach the stretch goals by sharing our project on Facebook and get a free Swag at no additional shipping cost.
Risks and challenges
We are manufacturing with our OEM partners in China. Our team is staffed with experienced professionals in the sourcing and manufacturing industries. Their expertise and proximity to the factory help us mitigate any of the manufacturing issues that may come up.
We're working with highly experienced logistics partners to help us mitigate any of the issues that may arise with shipping. If shipping issues come up, their expert knowledge will help us navigate through difficulties and get AwareCar into your hands.
We, the founders are software engineers with extensive work experience and graduate degrees in CS. Working together, we have built complicated platforms before (e.g. CrowdChat). Please refer our LinkedIN profiles in the "see full bio" link. There may be a few unknowns in the app development using these new micro-location technologies. The data sources for metered parking and streetcleaning are readily available only for select cities. We plan to push such features in a rolling fashion based on interest. Refer to our rewards for more details. We hope to slay any issues that may arise so that AwareCar app and devices reach you in time.
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