When we last covered Mavizon Technologies in early 2011, the Louisville, KY team was hard at work refining the Mavia, a device that tracks and transmits basic information regarding your vehicle. A year and a half later, it’s ready – recently announcing a limited pre-sale of the device at mavizon.com.
“The team here wanted to build a product that brought in-car connectivity to everyone, at a decent price, with a feature set that was useful every day. We wanted to give users valuable insight to their vehicle and driving habits, while at the same time offering peace of mind through a host of location-based services – geo-fences, reminders, and friends’ nearby check-ins. We also wanted make the device a connected device to offer higher resolution of information, and a no hassle installation – no bluetooth, no USB loading, no buttons,” says Madison Hamman, CEO at Mavizon.
The small Mavia box (officially called a “dongle”) plugs into the OBD-II port (where the car’s diagnostics information is sent), located underneath the dash of any car made after 1995. The information can then be viewed on your mobile device once you’ve created an account at mymavia.com. The device tracks your driving habits, including your MPG and total distance traveled, and it also provides GPS information. Spying on your teenage daughter has never been easier.
Mavia seems to be targeting those interested in keeping close tabs on one another (i.e. families), as well as the DIY-junkie. With its interactive service log, car nerds should keep themselves busy with plenty of diagnostics to dig through. My personal favorite feature is the location-based reminders that users can set up through geo-fencing – something I’ve been clamoring for for quite some time.
The device is currently available for pre-sale in the US for $169 plus $4.99 per month or $49 for an annual subscription. Hamman promises that the Mavia will “be open for pre-orders for a bit longer,” which is code for hurry. In terms of the device’s future, Hamman adds, “We’re prepared to open up our API to allow developers to build their own location-aware features and incorporate the connected car into their own apps.”
To learn more about the Mavia, check out the video below.