What is CarDroid?
CarDroid is an automotive device made to protect you and the people you care about. It's a complex multifunctional solution running Android™ OS. The device is connected to a cloud-based platform for data storage and visualization. CarDroid is an all-sufficient computer which analyzes vehicle data and driver's behavior and sends the information to a personal cloud account.
Life is a chain of random events and sooner or later you realize that you can not control every single thing in it. Nowadays a lot of accidents happen on the road and we think that if we can not prevent these accidents, we should at least find a way to be aware of it in case something bad happens to the people we love. That's why we created CarDroid.
CarDroid can fast and easily make your car smarter thanks to the latest monitoring and safety technologies. It adds a lot of new features to your car. The device provides people with better, safer driving experience and brings comfort to those who worry about their dear ones driving.
CarDroid Getting Press Attention
- ESNaR – Emergency Situation Notification and Reconstruction. ESNaR is our unique technology which combines two extremely important functions: car accident notification and car accident 3D reconstruction.
Car accident notification. In case of a car accident CarDroid detects it and sends notifications to its emergency contacts and user account. Thanks to this function one can stay calm and don't have to worry about safety of his friends and family. If something bad really happens, CarDroid will immediately send an alarm. All you need to do is install CarDroid into the car of a person you want to look after. There are three types of notifications: web account notifications, push-notifications and SMS notifications. Each person can pick an option most convenient for him. If a car was hit while parked, its owner will also get an instant notification.
Car accident reconstruction. If there was a car accident and you need to check how exactly it happened, you can do that in your web account. When the car accident is detected, CarDroid records every movement of the car and visualizes it in your account with a 3D vehicle model.
* Yes, we've fastened CarDroid to a small radio-controlled car. No, we're not kidding. When we were thinking of a way to test our ESNaR service, using a car model turned out to be a perfect solution. We do not have enough money and freaks in our team to smash real cars, however, we've done a lot of virtual car crashes simulations using professional modeling software. In addition, the small car model on the video above shows how ESNaR works. CarDroid has a built-in battery which allows to use it even when it is not plugged into an OBD-II port. Our device is able to detect even the small car's motion path (and it surely is, as you can see in the video), there will be no problem to reconstruct a motion path of a real car.
- Multifunctional car solution. With CarDroid you can remotely monitor a vehicle's location and see its sensors data. You can see where a car is at the moment, check it's speed, rpm, fuel level, etc.
- In-door location (Wi-Fi® Positioning). In case there's no GPS signal in the area, CarDroid uses Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® to define the location of a car. This technology allows you to get the most accurate location data even when the car is inside a building, an underground parking lot or any other area where GPS signal is not available or weak.
- Alarm system. If a car was hit while parked or if it is being towed away, you will immediately get a notification. Thanks to the motion sensor CarDroid also protects a car from theft. If any unexpected movement inside a car is detected, the device sends a notification.
- Driver's behavior monitoring. CarDroid analyzes the driving style and detects any hard acceleration, hard braking or sharp turns. The device collects statistics data and indicates the driving efficiency.
- Remote car diagnostics. You can remotely read a vehicle trouble codes. This function helps to know when the car needs attention of a mechanic.
- Wi-Fi® Hotspot. CarDroid can share its Internet access with other external devices through Wi-Fi®. Thus, you can save on the Internet for each separate device.
Right now we've got a working prototype and we can say for sure that CarDroid is ready for mass production. The prototype consists of a group of factory produced sample components put into a 3D-printed case which repeats the shape of the future factory case. It is kept in our R&D department and is used by our engineers for testing. Here're some photos of our CarDroid alpha version:
CarDroid is running Android™ open-source OS with no Google® Mobile Services preinstalled.
At the moment we're optimizing our cloud platform and developing mobile applications for CarDroid. UonMap app will allow you to use all features of web account on your smartphone PLUS you will be able to connect to your CarDroud LOCALLY without using the Internet connection. The app will be available for iOS®, Android™ and Windows Phone®. Moreover mobile app will allow you to receive push notifications making sure you will be notified when necessary.
We're glad to announce that CarDroid with Android™ on board has an API available for third-party developers. We also invite other service providers to collaborate with us. Our cooperation system is flexible and we can offer our hardware without our services to other soft- and hardware developers or users who just want to enjoy CarDroid. If you have your own platform and see our device as a part of it, let us know.
We're exhibiting! Meet us at:
Check out some photos from our booth at HKTDC Electronics Fair 2015, October, 13-16:
We want to get the most out of the device. Anyone is welcome to come up with new ideas which could benefit CarDroid. We will be happy to bring them to life. Do you have an idea on how to improve hardware or what an additional function should be like? Feel free to tell us! You have software in mind which may be useful for CarDroid? We will be glad to know about it. Our appeal to you is to get involved and interact with us. Let us know if you like any changes in CarDroid design or characteristics. Imagine what you would do with CarDroid. We will interact in Updates/Comments and on social networks too. Be a part of UonMap community!
Risks and challenges
Unfortunately, just to create a great product is not enough. There still may be some challenges ahead and we are going to face them with honor. Before shipping we need to pass all certifications. Although we considered time for certification in our schedule there may be some delays on the certification offices side. However we strongly believe that we have calculated everything right and wil ship our products on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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