The onboard diagnostic (ODB) port found on modern cars provides mechanics with information regarding potential car problems. The Dash app makes use of this valuable information, and by simply connecting to an ODB-11 dongle, drivers can get insightful feedback about their trips, including fuel efficiency and vehicle diagnostics. Dash has launched its Chassis API, making the functionality of its connected-car platform available to third-party developers.
Dash provides real-time diagnostics on a car's performance. So, if a light is activated on the dash, it can tell you what the problem is, as well as offer accurate estimates on repair costs. The system also provides information on road conditions and driving behavior, to help enhance the driving experience. Other features include real-time feedback to improve driving and fuel efficiency, information on the best gas prices available, and social features that allow drivers to compare trip stories and driving capabilities. The Chassis API gives developers access to this data. They will be able to do things like access fuel expense data to build apps that help drivers to save money, access driving stats to help users evaluate their driving habits and the declining health of their cars, and provide real-time alerts for things like hard braking and speeding.
TechCrunch describes Chassis as an API to build "the Internet of cars." Collecting and analyzing information gathered from a vehicle, as well as providing feedback on this information, presents exciting possibilities in the world of vehicular software. Understanding this, Dash is offering its toolbox to devs to build new and even more advanced applications. Those interested can sign up on the Dash website.