Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 13, 2014.
About this project
WE'RE MAKING IMPROVEMENTS
Firstly we would like to thank everybody for their support and belief in The Smart Dash. We are however announcing the cancellation of our current campaign. HOWEVER, this is not bad news! Not at all.
A recent development breakthrough means that The Smart Dash will be even better than we had initially planned! We’re now able to offer the system to be compatible with BOTH Android and iOS tablets which is a huge step forward. We’re totally committed to providing the very best product possible!
We will be re-launching with an enhanced product and campaign soon. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/thesmartdash , www.twitter/thesmartdash and www.thesmartdash.com for regular updates and news. If you have any questions or wish to contact us directly, you may do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again you wonderful people!
ALL car manufacturers now supply smart phone connectivity options in their new vehicles. Why? Because its a much safer way to interact with your smart phone when driving.
But what if you are one of the 200 million used vehicles on US roads that don’t have the latest technology and its safety benefits? Now there is a solution.
The Smart Dash has been designed to work in ALL types of vehicles. It allows you to use the features and services from you smart phone while eliminating the need to touch your phone when driving.
This means you don't need to look down at your phone, can keep both hands on the wheel and concentrate on the road ahead.
There are three types of distractions while driving. Visual, manual and cognitive. By looking down at your phone, driving with one hand and concentrating on your phone, you affect all three of these skills.
We’ve designed The Smart Dash to limit the physical interaction with the touch screen by making all of the commands voice activated. This allows you to use your voice to access your contacts and make calls, hear and dictate text messages/emails and access navigation and play your stored music.
If you ever need to touch the tablet screen, it will display exactly what you need with large, easy to see and understand buttons.
The Smart Dash seamlessly, effortlessly and instantly provides access to everything you need from the smart phone when driving and blocks access to the things you don't.
The Smart Dash provides:
- Voice activated commands
- Hands free calling
- Voice texting
- Media player
- Voice memo and calendar
- Rear facing camera
- Real time weather and traffic alerts
- Send and receive Smart Voice messages
- Engine health monitoring
- Driver behavior log, with parental controls
The Smart Dash comprises an App which can be installed on any Android tablet (version 4.2 or higher) and an intelligent interface. The App and interface connect the tablet, your smart phone, the car's on-board computer and existing stereo.
The Smart Dash works with both Apple and Android smart phones. It’s portable and easy to install without tools or complicated wiring. It’s a tablet based system and thus fully updateable as we implement new features and functions!
Comes with everything you need including the App, the interface, dash or windshield mounting brackets, a vehicles on-board computer connector and all cables. You can use your own Android tablet (4.2 or higher).
Comes with a Android 8" tablet, the App, the interface, dash and windshield mounting brackets, a vehicles on-board computer connector and all cables.
Value for Money -
You can’t put a price on safety. The Smart Dash complete system costs less than your daily cup of coffee, at only $1.15 a day over one year.
You can use your own Android tablet or purchase one of our kits including a tablet. Our partnership with T-Mobile means we can offer a range of tablets and data plans. These data plans have great benefits, including FREE music streaming, NO data caps and NO data overage charges. This means that if you reach the limit of your data plan, your data speed will simply slow down, instead of being charged for another months data.
The answer: Everyone on the road.
Young Drivers – Let’s face it, no matter what you say, young drivers are prone to peer pressure and will probably use their phone in an unsafe way. The Smart Dash enables young drivers to make a call or hear a text without having to ever look at their phone.
Parents – How many times have you put your family at risk by checking a text or looking at the maps when driving locally or on vacation? The Smart Dash enables you to keep your eyes on the road, make a hands free call and hear turn by turn navigation.
Traveling Professionals – You’ll be able to link to your calendar and display your appointment locations on the maps. You can now conduct business in a much safer manner when on the road. Flying somewhere and renting a car? No problem, just plug and go!
Commercial drivers –Because it’s portable, The Smart Dash can be moved easily from one vehicle to another and connects to any existing stereo.
Every contributor to our campaign will have a voice in helping us shape the product. You’ll become an exclusive member of The Smart Dash community. We’ll be reaching out to you regularly for feedback and suggestions to further enhance The Smart Dash experience. Of course, we welcome developer’s involvement!
ALL perks INCLUDE domestic shipping to mainland USA.
Want multiple perks?
Simply add the price of each perk together and enter the total into the Pledge Amount field.
Example: If you want 3 Early Bird Complete Systems, then add the $395+$395+$395 and enter $1185 in the Pledge Amount field.
Needless to say, the greater amount of money we raise, the greater the features and the sooner we can bring the product to market.
The Smart Dash LIVE - will give you more services than any other vehicle entertainment system:
- Real time weather and traffic alerts
- Send and receive Smart Voice Messages (SVM) with other Smart Dash users
- Personalized news and sports feeds
- Accident alert in the case of a collision
- Engine health monitoring and diagnostics
- View and track vehicles location
- And much more to come.
Music Streaming - We’re in discussions with some of the world’s largest music streaming companies to make their services available to The Smart Dash users.
Other popular Apps – We’re also talking with other exciting popular App providers to give you access to some of your favorite Apps.
The Smart Dash Pro – We plan to develop dedicated features to give companies unrivaled levels of interactive, safe and fast communication with its vehicles and staff when using The Smart Dash platform.
New Features – The Smart Dash will continue to evolve with input from the community. We already have plans for you to be able to share information with other Smart Dash users including hotel, restaurant and retail store reviews, as well as gas price comparisons.
By contributing to our campaign, you’ll become a key partner in providing the much needed solution to a growing epidemic.
We’ve self-funded the project to date with capital and sweat-equity and have gone as far as we can financially. Your contribution will enable us to finalize the project and bring this much needed solution to market.
Specifically, your contribution will enable us to:
- Finalize development of the APP software
- Finalize development
of on-line systems
- Purchase production tooling for the Interface housing
- Secure bulk prices on long lead time items
- Enable us to develop more optional extras, such as steering wheel controls
- Develop strategic partnerships
We plan on manufacturing EVERYTHING right here in the USA. That’s not a bad thing either!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
PRODUCT NOTES: A data connection will be needed for The Smart Dash LIVE services.The Smart Dash LIVE services will ONLY be available to the US market when the product is launched. We hope this service will be extended as The Smart Dash expands into other countries.
Risks and challenges
Smart Dash Risks and Challenges
We, of all people, want to ensure that The Smart Dash system comes to fruition as quickly as possible and provide the much needed solution to the ever growing problem of hand held, phone related distractions. Our team is committed to making a positive impact in reducing the 1.3 million accidents and over 3000 deaths a year on American roads arising from this bad driving habit.
As Co-founders of The Smart Dash, we each bring decades of electronic, mechanical, programming and business development experience, with proven results from past ventures. Each team member is adept at identifying, prioritizing and remedying any and all challenges.
We’ve tapped into our comprehensive vault of quality North American based suppliers to eliminate the potential problems commonly encountered when dealing with overseas suppliers. Having these local partners will ensure a speedier development.
Our Risks and Challenges:
Manufacturing - Fortunately, The Smart Dash requires the manufacturing of just two items: the interface circuit board and plastic housing. Our solid relationships with these proven partners will ensure a speedy and smooth procurement process, but with the development of any new electronic device there’s always the potential for errors and delays.
Programming – The programming process is well underway with a solid team of engineers, but there will be challenges and obstacles for us to overcome. Our team thrives at finding solutions to challenges.
Tweaks and Adjustments – Through the development of The Smart Dash, we’ll be making tweaks and adjustments to improve the end user experience. We have allowed for this time within the overall development schedule.
Fulfillment – Because we’re outsourcing the interface components and purchasing the brackets, cables, tablets, back-up cameras and OBD2 connectors, there is always a potential for supplier delays. We’ve selected multiple partners to supply the ‘off the shelf’ items and have alternate suppliers lined up for the manufacture of the interface components. Shipping issues should not be an issue, given we’re only sourcing products from North America.
Needless to say, regardless of the risks we have identified, there is always the possibility we may experience unforeseen challenges that could delay the release of The Smart Dash. We believe we have solid contingency plans in place to eliminate or limit any delay, if it were to occur.
We’ve always considered ourselves as solution providers and we’re confident we’ve created a safer solution to the growing texting and driving epidemic that everyone can benefit from.
Your commitment to helping us achieve our goal brings us closer to providing this much needed solution.
Join us and become part of that solution!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Right here on Kickstarter. Simply click on the “Back This Project” button and pledge away!
Assuming you have an Android tablet PC with a software release of 4.2 or higher then you’re free to use your own tablet. Apple tablets are not supported at this time nor are Android tablets with software release prior to 4.2. However, with the price of our Android 4.2 tablet that we’re offering, you might just want to purchase a dedicated tablet for your system for added convenience.
The Smart Dash supports both Android and Apple phones at this time. We may eventually include Windows phones in the future.
The Smart Dash is still the perfect solution for you! Vehicles that are older than 1996 do not have a compatible on-board computer socket. That being said, the only feature not supported on vehicles older than 1996 is the Engine Health Monitoring and the Driver Behavior Log.. You’ll still benefit from the voice activated hands free calling, maps, voice messaging, optional rear facing camera etc.
That’s not a problem at all. Simply go to the top right of the Kickstarter page and click 'manage my pledge'. You can make as many changes as you like.
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