Have you ever wondered what
your kids drive like when you're not in the car? Or maybe you manage a
fleet of vehicles, and you need to track your drivers. Either way, one
little computer chip might be just what you need.
This product is called the "CarChip",
and here's how it works. Cars built since 1996 have a diagnostic
connector located under the dash. Mechanics use this connector to access
information from your car's computer, and the "CarChip"
hooks right up to it. The “CarChip” is
only about one inch tall and three inches wide.
plug the "CarChip" into that
connector, it reads and stores lots of information from the car like
speed and engine temperature, among other things.
It can store up to about 72 hours of drive time information, so
you can usually make it about a month before you need to download the
information off of the chip. But you also have the option of unplugging
it at any time to see the information that’s stored on it.
After you unplug the "CarChip",
you can download the information to your home PC. The kit comes with all
of the necessary software and cable to allow you to transfer the
information from the “CarChip” to your
After you hook up the “CarChip”, you can
view charts that show how fast the car was driven, what time the car was
driven, and whether the car accelerated fast or was braking really hard.
And if the driver of the car thinks that they can just unplug it to
avoid being tracked, the “CarChip” will
report that as well.
So whether you are a concerned parent or a fleet manager, the "CarChip"
can give you important information to let you know how they're driving,
even if you're NOT with them.
I sure am glad that the “CarChip” wasn't
around when I was 16...or I would STILL be grounded!
The Auto Guy – Jim Champion
Charlie Graham Body and Service
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