The era of OBD started in the late 70’ when automakers decided to use electronic means for diagnosing engine troubles and monitor engine functions. Compliance with US emission standards was a pressing issue back then. And that’s what had led to controlling the ignition systems and fuel feed by manufacturers worldwide. With the help of sensors, it was easy to measure vehicle performance and adapt the system to decrease pollution. That’s how environmental issues were a blessing in disguise for the auto industry at some point.
In the mid 90’ developers created a new standard OBD 2 with expanded functionality. The technology controlled the engine and parts of the chassis almost entirely.
Nowadays, because of the plethora of options available in the marketplace in 2020, selecting the right car app can be quite challenging.
I’ve prepared for you a short overview of the OBD 2 inCarDoc app, created by Ukrainian IT-company PNN Soft. The solution’s current score is 7+ million downloads on Google Play and App Store, so I think it deserves your attention. And yes, the application is suitable for Android and iOS. It is fully compatible with modern smartphones and tablets.
What do you need to use inCarDoc?
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To take full advantage of the app, you need OBD-II WiFi Adapter, and Bluetooth or Wi-fi connection. inCarDoc app operates well with Japanese cars since 2002, European vehicles since 2001-2004, and American since 1996. Just make sure your vehicle supports OBD 2 standard. If your car has 16 pin-out DLC - Diagnostic Link Connector of a trapezoidal shape, it is one of the signs that things will work out.
For launching the app, you need to connect the OBD scanner tool to the vehicle's OBD2 diagnostic port and tap into inCarDoc application.
To get more detailed information and in-depth understanding, you can download the user guide on the inCarDoc website. Besides, there you’ll find car news, community, and FAQ pages. Exploring other users’ experience helps you to prevent potential mistakes and solve them promptly. The platform is easy to track down, as it’s called, just like the app.
Additionally, on the website, you can buy an Adapter. It was created by professional engineers, especially for the users of the inCarDoc app. The adapter is entirely compatible with a multitude of car brands, Android and iOS operating systems. I would consider it a kind of zest because few can develop hardware like this.
What’s about the features of the interface?
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The design of the inCarDoc app is easy to use. All you need to register is to enter the login and password and then indicate your vehicle’s engine condition and model. If you are a visual learner, you’ll appreciate charts and graphs with car parameters.
Diving into functionality
Speaking about a basic set of functions, inCarDoc assists users in:
- reading, recording, and saving vehicle parameters, namely the angle of rotation, the level of speed, and temperature in real-time.
- clearing obd2 error codes, discovering the status of the current parameters, Oxygen sensor tests results. The app can also send diagnostic error codes to the developer’s e-mail, which saves your nerves, especially when it comes to unfamiliar roads.
- detecting small breakdowns and preventing serious issues. If something goes wrong, inCarDoc sends you instant messages about troubles. Should I emphasize saving on vehicle repair here?
- recording and viewing essential data about fueling and maintenance. Again, thanks to that option, you can quickly notice the very first breakages.
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- making flexible notifications and ranking the journeys through the driver’s account.
inCarDoc Pro version, for its part, can read, display, and record several indicators at once. It also views recorded parameters traces, provides GPS support, and allows drivers to record indicators in the background mode.
Short Guide on how to use inCarDoc
There is some difference between “how to” usage rules for iOS and Android devices. Anyway, some things are for the must for correct and effective experience with OBD2 diagnostic. Before to start:
1) Stop the Engine; 2) Turn off OBD apps on your device; 3) Unplug adapter 4) Start car engine 5) Plug back OBD-II adapter into DLC port; 6) Make sure that adapter is powered; 7) Pair your adapter in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (V-Gate or Kiwi for iOS). More detailed information you can find in User Guide inCarDoc by web search.
Now, when the OBD is something we’re used to, all you need is to select the right OBD 2 scanner and connect it to your vehicle. inCarDoc app has a broad set of functions and a convenient interface. But just as importantly, the application is continuously updated in response to users’ needs. So why don’t you test it?