7 Best OBD apps for your car
Modern cars have the capacity of a few computers, are tooled with software that contains of millions of lines of programming code and produce gigabytes of data, but they are still different from connected cars.
A smart vehicle is able to optimize its performance to reduce fuel consumption, show the best path to follow taking into account current traffic and weather conditions, detect errors in the engine and collect information data to negotiate lower insurance rates.
Most cars and light trucks are equipped with on-board diagnostics, or an OBD II port that provides access to data from the engine control unit (ECU). To get the information you need to plug in an external device.
The OBD-II specifications provide a standardized hardware interface - a female 16-pin (2x8) J1962 connector, so a single external device can be used for most car models. It also should have an Internet connection to transfer the collected data.
To handle all information collected from OBD2 device you still need on-board diagnostics app for car. Here are 7 best OBD apps you can find that will help you to maintain the performance of your car. You can find several solutions for different platforms: Android obd app and iphone obd app. Let’s review them, their advantages and disadvantages.
Here are the most popular auto diagnostic OBD apps for Android:
1. Torque Pro (OBD 2 & Car)
One of the most popular OBD reader application in the Play Store, Torque Pro showes a broad list of features and detectors supported, and the numerous widgets and plug-ins that use it as base, giving more of functionality.
See your car's activity in realtime, get OBD code faults, vehicle productivity, sensor’s info and other. Torque is a vehicle efficiency/diagnostics instrument that uses the OBD II Bluetooth adapter connected to OBD2 engine control/ECU.
You can make customized dashboard with the widgets in application. The app uses the GPS to allow tracker log with OBD engine logging to see what your car was doing at any period of time. It also shows and resets a DTC/CEL/fault code like a scanner. Torque helps you to fix your car and reduce repair costs.
Other Torque features:
Dyno/Dynomometer and Horsepower/HP
It reads the temperature of transmission
speed timings - it became more accurate than via GPS
CO2 emissions indicators
Automatically GPS tagged tweets
Big fault code database and fault codes history
Supports different color themes
Available to send logging information directly to web or email for analysis
HUD mode for night mode driving
GPS Speedometer and compass in real time
Turbo boost for vehicles that support MAP and MAF
Car dock maintenance
Allows to share application screenshots to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, e-mail, etc
A simple interface for developers for AIDL API for third party apps
Supports tablet devices
Works on different vehicles that use OBDII bluetooth adapters (almost all vehicles produced after 2000).
You should try one of the most undervalued OBD apps in the Play Store, especially if you are the owner of a hybrid car. HobDrive is an intelligent Trip Computer and OBD2 diagnostic software.
HobDrive uses your ELM327 adapter and GPS sensors to measure trip information. ELM327 (Bluetooth, Wifi) is recommended, but can use GPS only.
A HobDrive version, in comparison with demo:
Continuous errors tracking
MPG tracking hour, day, week time periods
Diagnostic of KWP protocols.
Fueling and service records.
HobDrive include such features:
Vehicle sensors indexes
Trip recording computer
Flexible visual layouts
3. OBD Car Doctor Pro
The primary and functional app, OBD Car Doctor reads the data sent from your OBD adapter, and reports all real-time engine and car parameters: speed, angle of rotation, temperature, pressure and some other sensors data supported by your vehicle. It enables to draw charts with real-time data. Car Doctor checks engine light control: reads and clears stored error codes and related data.
Real-time vehicle indicators: speed, angle of rotation, temperature, pressure and other sensors
Chart drawing with real-time data
Check engine light control: error codes and related freeze frame data
Records of parameters in real time
Allows to read and display multiple parameters
Recording of parameters in background
View and send recorded parameters
Fuel Economy parameters
Allows to store and share DTC data
Fuel consumption in time periods
4. Carista OBD2
Carista OBD2 lets you to personify your car by improve its electronical options. It also lets you test your vehicle for errors, and delete any existing faults of code and tests emission. One should have an OBD II adapter that plugs into car's OBD2 port. Once you allow Carista app gather data from your vehicle with OBD II adapter it will tell you if the car is struck. If you don't have OBD adapter, you can enter the data by yourself.
Extended diagnostics. The Carista application can monitor your vehicle's viability and reports faults. You can also delete any fault of codes and reset the check engine light, check if you're ready for emissions testing. This application is compatible with all OBD2-compatible manufacturers and models (almost all vehicles produced after 2000). In comparison with other apps, Carista gives you admission to advanced manufacturer's specific diagnostics, such as ABS, airbag, navigation, etc. and gives you the aptitude to reset this indicators for supported models.
Extended customization. Carista app lets you change the way your car behaves: the app can set headlights to turn on automatically when one starts the engine; or the doors to lock when one starts moving; or change the type of sound that the back parking sensors make. The Carista application can do all that things.
Preventing Damage. Carista's overheating alert allows you to control your engine's temperature and respond in case of overheat. Carista runs in the background and can notify with an alarm tone just when the temperature of the engine rises to unsafe level.
There are also many universal OBD apps for iPhone:
1. OBD Auto Doctor
OBD II Auto Doctor is the leading OBD II car diagnostics instrument. It is considered to be the best OBD apps for iOS platform. The Auto Doctor application allows to check and reset the sick codes. Using this OBD II diagnostic app you can interact with your vehicle's OBD II system easily, and make your mobile a very gifted automotive scanner. OBD II Auto Doctor is a great app for ones who are interested in knowing more their vehicle. If you want to control car data in real time or turn off the check engine indicator, this is an obligatory instrument.
You can see the preparedness for test of emission and advanced diagnostic
DTCs, Freeze Frame, MIL
You can view fuel consumption to save money
View OBD II indicators on time to detect anomalies
You can change numerical or graphical view of OBD II sensor data
Supports data of engine, transmission, etc.
You can send diagnostics data via email
Allows to read VIN, Calibration Identifications and Calibration Verification Numbers of ECU
Auto Doctor supports built-in DTC database with over 14000 alarm codes
You can choose imperial and metric units
2. EOBD Facile
One doesn't need to call manufacturer to make a diagnostics of your vehicle or find out why the check engine light is turned on - now it's available on iPhone/iPad. Connect an OBD II device to port in your vehicle and start the application: it will allow to diagnose a car, turn off the indicator lights and see the vehicle's data in real time.
The EOBD Facile app functions:
View engine faults of codes and find out their meaning
Clear the check engine light
Monitor special manufacturer error codes
Make recordings of trips and save via iPhone/iPad, recover them later using EOBD Facile application
Create and view records of GPS data
3. Engine Link
The EngineLink application can help your iOS device to become a vehicle diagnostic instrument with OBD II with WiFi/Bluetooth adapter.
Start checking emissions
See the vehicle's condition in real-time.
Read and clear OBD II faults of the code.
One can see car performance in real time and read sensor data.
You can choose the data you want to see and turn off the rest of information
Interactions with DTC/CEL /fault code - stored or in real-time
MPG widget for monitoring fuel consumption and its efficiency
HUD mode for driving in night
Display the temperature of transmission
Speed, RPM, load and coolant, fuel tank
See full customized GUI with different kinds of gauge
You can add different libraries via app
User can change back colors
Log in via e-mail
The EngineLink application can use OBD II and EOBD compliant vehicles. This application can use only ELM compatible Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Low Energy adapters to work good.
With a vehicle monitoring application that can be customized based on the needs of your organizations and customers, you can be sure your drivers are meeting best practices. Such a tool is perfect for industries like taxi and limousine services, general shipping, and the transportation of dangerous goods.
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