Dash Labs, Inc.


WINNER: Grand Prize - Judges Pick

DASH turns any vehicle into a ‘smart car’. A mobile utility plus hardware, like Nest or FitBit, our goal is to make the road smarter, greener, safer and more affordable for drivers. Works in all cars post-1996 in the US. Pulling 200+data points from the car sensors, as well as 100+ social and ambient data points (weather, traffic APIs), it provides real time diagnostics/alerts and historical data viz, enabling the driver to maximise MPG, improve engine performance, gives tips/insights on carbon emissions and offset tools, as well as how to reduce running costs on gas, maintenance and insurance (along the Mint.com marketplace model). Currently in closed beta test (tested in multiple makes/models/years of cars, as well as city, rural environments, as well as internationally in Panama, Canada, UK and France), with a Q3 2013 launch date. Our board of advisers is composed of data scientist (Columbia/UCLA professor, who has worked in emissions/automotive data space), as well as consumer mobile data (LBS), hardware engineering and an experienced automotive executive. HQ in New York CIty, at the Varick Street incubator, under the leadership of Micah Kotch of the NYU Poly/EDC greentech/sustainable initiative.

Progress since last submission:

• Integrating our application into the Open XC spec, after collaborating with the SMEs at the Department of Energy and their partners at Ford

• Creating an API for future partners to leverage our data platform

• Begun a bottom up redesign of our app and web UI

• Developing the iOS version of our existing Android app

• Worked with an electrical engineer on a Bluetooth 4 low-power profile OBD II Hardware prototype

• Undertaken a 50 person/car beta test, both domestically and internationally, to get user data and qualitative feedback

• Begun work on R&D projects, including distraction-free HUD and Google Glass prototype designs, as well as specs for tablet extensions to Android and iPad

• Been accepted into a prestigious technology accelerator program, to begin April 2013 in New York City

• Continued discussions with partners, including OEMs, dealerships, insurers, agencies, distributors, hardware supply chains and investors, to enhance our go to market strategy for a planed Q3 2013 launch

For more technical details, please see below:

In the spirit of making the road as safe and as smart as possible, we recognize that making the data we generate open and accessible helps accelerate the process. Dash Labs is joining the OpenXC platform by creating an open source add-on which exposes all OBD-II compatible cars' diagnostics information via the existing OpenXC architecture. What this means is that any application built to the OpenXC specification can add a new VehicleDataSource (one built to integrate into the Dash system) as described on the OpenXC website and instantly have access to all of the diagnostic information which Dash has distilled and captured. This will help drive more innovation and dramatically extends the reach of the OpenXC platform by making it relevant to vastly more vehicles than the subset of Ford cars currently supported by the OpenXC platform. To see this open source addition to the OpenXC community please visit: https://github.com/Dash-Labs/openxc-dash

We plan on working with the OpenXC community to push these changes directly into the OpenXC repositories. Additionally, we would like to continue to expand the OpenXC platform by contributing more VehicleDataSource implementations, including a WiFi version Dash is currently working on. This code will be released once in a more stable state at the following repository: https://github.com/Dash-Labs/openxc-wifi

Another goal of Dash Labs is to contribute work to the OpenXC platform in translating our own OBD-logic to Objective-C which makes it accessible on iOS. Dash Labs currently uses the open source tool developed by Google, j2objc, to allow Dash to write OBD-logic once and have it run on multiple platforms. Dash Labs has worked with the j2objc team via patches and bug submissions to make j2objc robust enough to translate the low level code necessary to interact with OBD-II devices. See these issues Dash Labs, via langelb@gmail.com handle, have worked on: https://code.google.com/p/j2objc/issues/detail?id=145 https://code.google.com/p/j2objc/issues/detail?id=146 https://code.google.com/p/j2objc/issues/detail?id=147 https://code.google.com/p/j2objc/issues/detail?id=102

A future goal is to help restructure the OpenXC android repository so that it's non-UI code could be extracted into a separate repository and similarly be translated to Objective-C, thus giving iOS application developers a solid footing in developing their applications (leveraging the WiFi VehicleDataSource Dash Labs is contributing to the open source community).

Dash Labs is also leveraging the open data of the fueleconomy.gov website to seed information for users regarding the specifications of their vehicles. We are leveraging the open web API documented here: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/ws/index.shtml One way in which Dash is using this data is to use the EPA fuel efficiency rating for the user's vehicle and show how much the driver is deviating from the average MPG rating. Combining this information with tips on improving driving (i.e., alerting the driver when he/she is hard breaking) will help users become more efficient drivers.

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