Dash, a Techstars New York-backed startup, developed one of the first apps to offer direct connectivity to your car via the OBD-II port. The device is designed to provide mechanics with detailed stats and information. Now, that app is expanding beyond its own software with the CHASSIS API, a connected car platform that gives other developers access to fuel consumption and efficiency data.
Dash claims that the CHASSIS platform has “hundreds” of developers signed up pre-launch.
Dash started out with a single app, but this CHASSIS API launch means it will be competing directly with companies like Dallas-based Vinli, albeit using off-the-shelf hardware available on Amazon and elsewhere at costs ranging from just a few dollars to near a hundred.
Dash is also going to be competing with Navdy, the heads-up-display hardware platform that announced a $6.5 million seed round last week – see our separate post.
As of right now, any platform that uses the OBD port in your vehicle is limited in that it can’t write any information back to the car or it will void your warranty, but there’s still massive opportunity in collecting, analyzing and providing feedback on the information read from the car in action. Through opening up its CHASSIS connected car platform, Dash is offering another tool for developers to use in creating new software. For more information on the CHASSIS API visit the Dash website.