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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2014
$3,195
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2014

About

 To the Kickstarter community: 

We have unfortunate news today.

While our patent remains pending, our legal team has informed us that there will be an extra turn in the road for us as we go on our way toward making CarFootPrints a thriving, protected business. Now we must argue our case before the USPTO, which means that we still have a lengthy lengthier legal process ahead of us. This is a normal part of many patent proceedings, but the fact remains that we have uncertainty about exactly when the patent will be finalized.

So, in a measure of good faith to our future CarFootPrints customers, we have decided to stop raising money until we have clearer timelines for the final product. While we're disappointed to have to stop the Kickstarter fundraiser with so many weeks still ahead of us, it's good news that we hit this road block sooner rather than later.

We just want to thank everyone who got involved with us, and that we deeply appreciate your support. Because of Kickstarter rules, none of you will be charged--so rest easy knowing that you can keep your pledge. :-)

You can go carfootprints.com and leave us your email.We'll let you know when we come back


Thank you everybody. 

This product is for you if 

  • You pay taxes
  • And you Drive

Have you ever driven for:

  • medical reasons?
  • Self-employment work?
  • For your corporation/ boss?
  • charity work?
  • Or small business?

Our goal is to save all of us 30 hours a year of record-keeping and probably thousands of dollars in overlooked deductions.

If you drive for business, charity, moving or medical reasons, you are probably entitled to take those accumulated miles and use them as deductions on your annual tax return. It's Uncle Sam's way of giving back to our nation's hard workers, but you have to create an accurate record to prove it!

We are creating a system that connects the odometer in your car to your smart phone, automatically activating and deactivating when you get in and out of your car. Because the record-keeping becomes automatic, you never have to remember to keep a log again. Even better, the data collected can be easily transferred to Excel or your favorite accounting software.

We want to develop it in such a way that it turns into an inexpensive product and your payback is in just a couple of miles per month. Why? Because we know that the average American drives 27 miles a day, and we want this to be accessible to as many people as possible.  

But we need your help to make it happen!

 

Our Dashboard is a summary of the latest trips, as well as the graphical summary of some of the former information mentioned, including how much money you have saved so far.

We are currently working to let other services and big accounting institutions like Xero, Quickbooks and others, so that we can eventually skip the "export" step completely, and just sync the data automatically with your favorite accounting software. Cool, right?

Have you updated your phones or computer lately? We bet you have...and every time this happens, we need a team of people in the back making sure that we update our software to be compatible with the updates. There are servers that have to be running all the time, genius computer wizards pulling all-nighters to make sure your record-keeping stays functional, customer support aficionados tackling new problems that the computer wizards haven't seen yet, etc.

The subscription would allow you to create your account in carfootprints.com and keep your car connected to it. The subscription allows the data collected from your car to be recorded and organized. You can access your data from our website anywhere and any time, to search, organize, and edit your trips. You can also export the data whenever you want.

Once your data is generated on your trips... where does it go?
That's where the service kicks in. The service allows you to save all the necessary data into your own account within carfootprints.com from which you can export this data any time. Organize it by date, motive, miles (or km) driven, distance, starting date, duration and vehicle.
Here is also where you can classify your trips into different categories, if you choose not to do that on your smartphone while the trip is in progress.

                             
                           
    
 

Risks and challenges

We currently have a working prototype, so we know it works!

The risks we face currently are that we are struggling to get enough funding to develop the software on all the different platforms in a timely way.

Our challenge is that not all cars may respond in a predictable way. There are many different cars with many different protocols, and we have to constantly optimize and update our software to address the new issues that arise as more users plug our adapter into different cars, and download our software onto different smart phones. However, we do have people who work around the clock on these issues, and so far we have been capable of addressing bugs and glitches very efficiently.

Shipping internationally may be costly depending on the location, and shipping may take a while

We may eventually change the shape of the adapter to make it fit better in all cars.

The first thing that we challenged ourselves with was engineering the system to be multi-platform, scalable, high performing and fault-tolerant from day one. This started as a one-man job and we kept the team to a bare minimum. We had to rely on the industries' best practices and be effective by using world-class open source platforms that enable us to deliver fast and reliable software.

Having worked on a plethora of projects ranging from multimillon-lines-of-code banking systems to contests of software in 4k bytes, and successfully launching software for 4 other startups (Oshyn, Wallflowerme, VivaReal, El Imaginario Colectivo) I knew that the usual rules don't apply and that creativity and trusting your team is a key to success.

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