Best OBD car apps for Android: turn your phone into a black box
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Best OBD car apps for Android
You can have fun with building customized dashboards, clock your 0-60 or a quarter mile times, find and clear accumulated error codes, and even videotape footage of your trip with OBD data overlay, or send GPS tagged tweets on your next roadtrip.
How about "Permanent tracking for engine codes (warns you in trip), MIL codes explanation; tracking for overheat and suspicious fuel trims increase; total trip MPG, MPG on hot engine, MPG without idling/jams, MPG by Day, Week, since last fueling; zero to Hundred, Quarter, Brake time, Horse power calculation, torque," all wrapped up in a pretty interface package, and that's precisely what hobDrive offers to car geeks.
The app also lets you have fun with an improvised HUD display with reversed image that reflects the data from the tablet on your dashboard on your windshield at night.
It can use your phone camera to record footage of your trip, complete with collision detection, as well as overlay GPS coordinates and follow the car's vitals, so in case of a crash you can have more chances to prove whose fault it was at the moment.
1. rallyguy (Posts: 518; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Good article. I'm not complaining, but it would of been nice if you included a rough estimate of what the OBD adapter would cost. Now I have to go to a website to see if the price is even something to consider.
3. dsmboost (Posts: 43; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Nice, I had no idea this existed. I just got myself an obd2 scanner for 20 bucks. =D
4. devonblue4u (Posts: 39; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)
19 bucks free shipping on ebay. Been using Torque for 2 years now, great app!
5. robwest (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
Thanks for the nice article but I think you are missing one of the best OBDII apps. Have you tried OBDAutoDoctor? I think it has the most professional user interface of them all.
8. OBD2MIKE (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
Great, an OBD2 adapter for $20 is really cheap. If you already have an OBD2 adapter, why not try some other fun OBD2 apps...
I can recommend SoundRacer OBDII Engine Sounds at Google Play. It will make you smile.
9. lovecars (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)
Great article. For true accurate OBD data readouts and code reading, Torque is a great app if you are an advanced user and know what you're doing. it is the best! Also OBD Droidscan has a few less features than Torque, but is extremely user friendly and works excellent every time! Both are my favorites and I switch between them regularly for my auto business. And both have excellent support teams! You can't beat cost vs functionality of OBD Droidscan! But it is hard to say it is my favorite with Torque being so good. Depends what you're looking for..
10. oded_samuel (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
one thing about this app.
can it update external server online , letting monitoring from outside the drivers cabin? lets say office headquarters, or just home?