Software for your computer at home? Sure, that’s nothing new (since the late 1980s, anyway). But software for your car? Is this really happening?
Of course it is! This is the 21st century, and everything is computerized, including your vehicle. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to upload software into your car … that enables it to fly.
Okay, that might still be a long time off for now, but it’s safe to say that anything is possible in this day and age! What we have at the moment are three cool car software technologies you’ll probably want to know about.
1. Picoscope Automotive
Picoscope Automotive is a pretty powerful automotive software package that has features like automated measurements and the ability to print waveforms, as well as save them to your hard drive or cloud computing storage.
It’s essentially a program that helps you diagnose vehicle faults, which is handy if you’re in a profession (or hobby) where you have a big interest in knowing exactly what’s wrong with a vehicle, or what’s about to go wrong!
2. OBDwiz Automotive
This is a PC-based program that has certain similarities to Picoscope, but is a bit older, and has a wider range of basic diagnostic information that could be regarded as especially user-friendly by non-technical auto repair novices.
RepairPal isn’t software for your car (yet), but it’s software for your smartphone, and your smartphone goes with you in your car! So what’s RepairPal all about?
It’s a simple concept: If you need to get a repair done, you check the app for the typical steps necessary, and the typical cost range for your type of car, in your geographic area. This ensures you’ll have a pretty good idea what to expect when it comes to cost and time for repairs.
In an emergency situation, this app is very valuable: it will help you know what to do (and who to call) next! As always, the cheapest price may not always be the best indicator of quality auto work, so make sure to check local reviews on sites like Google, Yelp, Yahoo, and Facebook.
It’s possible you may find auto repair shops that will charge only 5% more, but can do your repairs in a way that will save you hundreds of dollars down the line, as opposed to shoddy auto repair work at inexpensive shops.