Mavio Connects Non-Connected Cars

These days everyone is dreaming of high-tech cars, but not everyone wants to buy, or can afford, a new car.  Mavia is a new car interface that plugs into the diagnostic port of your existing car (1996 or newer) and brings most of that modern technology along with it.  It can geo-locate your car and there’s an app for your smartphone to control everything.

Mavia can not only diagnose or warn you of some car problems, but it can also connect with services like Facebook and FourSquare and alert you when you are in the area of one of your friends.  It can be set to let you know when you are near a location that sells something on your shopping list,  It can even notify you when your teen driver leaves a certain range, or just where they are period.

Mavia runs on the cellular network, but there is no monthly fee because it is subsidized by advertising.  The product is still currently in Beta and there’s no price point as of yet.  You can check it out at Mavizon.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.



Take Control of Your Car with Mavia

Mavia DeviceTodd chats to Madison of Mavizon about their new Mavia automotive product which keeps tabs on your vehicle in more ways than one.

Mavia is a small box (see picture left) that plugs into your vehicle’s ODB-II port – that’s the connector used by technician’s to check on the car when there’s a problem. The Mavia combines readouts from this port with its own internal GPS receiver to provide location and technical information that is sent back to an online hub at www.mymavia.comAndroid and iPhone client apps can be downloaded too.

The MyMavia hub will show data on the vehicle such as gas mileage and distance to next service, plus any diagnostic error codes. MyMavia can interpret some of the diagnostic codes and it enables the owner to consult other resources, online or otherwise, to find out more on what’s wrong with the car. MyMavia incorporates location services too, showing where the vehicle is on Google Maps and there are connections to social sites like Foursquare.

The Mavia is in a beta testing phase so pricing is not confirmed but is expected to be around $200. The device will be available from retail outlets later in the year and requires no special fitting; it’s a self-install.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.