Sunday , August 20 2017

GOFAR, a smart device to help you be a more economic driver

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There are a seemingly endless array of smart devices out there with a huge variety of applications from various automation features (connected/smart home), making you more productive and entertained, but what about making already large investments smarter or more economical? During some internet travels, a device that does exactly this has come to my attention, so I thought I’d bring it to yours.

Introducing the GOFAR, which plugs into your car and assists you to drive more efficiently and safely at the same time.

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The unit itself costs $199 and is extremely small, and it plugs into your OBD (Onboard Diagnostics) port, which is a standard feature on all cars since 2007. When plugged in, the GOFAR gives you visual feedback on your driving with the Ray unit that sits on your dash in the field of view for the driver. Operation is as simple as blue is good, purple indicates your driving is consuming more fuel and red indicates that you should probably stop mashing the accelerator into the floor.

The data analysis is performed via an app that — at this time — runs on iOS only, but we have confirmed with the manufacturer that they have an Android app in the works (approximately 2 months out currently). When that becomes available, we’ll get a review unit so keep your eyes out and we’ll have more for you soon.

Is taking better care of your car and saving money on fuel a motivator for you to look at GOFAR?

 
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Phil Tann   Journalist

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Gray Fox
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Gray Fox

I use a Bluetooth obd2 adapter and the app called torque.
I can see the fuel flow in either cc/minute or l/hour
Total cost $20

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I used Dash with my OBDII dongle for a while and eventually uninstalled it because it kept telling me I was accelerating too hard and I couldn’t turn that off.

Damn back seat drivers. 😂

Fred
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Fred

Or you could get one of the free apps, which also can connect to an OBD bluetooth dongle, and do the same thing directly on the phone. More ‘economical’ than $199…

Phil Tann
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I completely agree with what you’re saying
The main difference (in theory) is colour display versus a genuine cognitive distraction requiring you to read while driving.

I will absolutely try to address this when we get the review unit we’ve been promised.

Fred
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Fred

You can get apps that have minimum ‘driving quality’ information if you want – basically colour coded. The point is that since the phone is doing all the heavy lifting, you are basically paying $199 for an LED strip and probably a bluetooth link to the phone.

Of course, if google wanted to actually be useful they would integrate ODB II connections into the navigate/auto app and feed you appropriate info during the drive. But that would be toooooo sensible…

Chris
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This is designed to be usable while you’re driving the car, and not as a distraction to the driver. I wouldn’t want to be reading all the figures an OBD app could give you while driving a car.. that’s kind of distracting and a bit dangerous.

But, from a technical standpoint, I agree. I’d rather see the raw info.

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