Any car can be a smart vehicle. That’s the appeal of Fixd, a simple device that can identify information ranging from when you need to bring your car in for maintenance to why that check-engine light just came on.
So how does Fixd work and what exactly can you use Fixd to find out? What are the user reviews like? Here’s what you need to know about this increasingly popular car sensor.
Fixd is a hardware-software combo sold by Georgia-based Fixd Automotive that gives you actionable information about your vehicle.
The hardware feeds information from your car to an app on your smartphone, and if Fixd pinpoints any problems, you can give that data to your mechanic. Fixd is also a handy maintenance tool that can remind you when your car needs service.
Fixd features a sensor that plugs into an OBD-II port in your car (more on that in a moment). Once you plug in the sensor, you just leave it there, since it’s powered by your car. In other words, you don’t have to worry about recharging your Fixd sensor.
You’ll want to download the Fixd app, either from the Apple App Store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android), depending on which platform you use. Launch the app, create an account and sit in your car to connect your Fixd sensor to the app via Bluetooth. Once they’re talking to each other, you’ll be able to get information about your vehicle from that communication.
You can peruse the app to learn more about what’s happening in your car, of course, but Fixd will also send you notifications to let you know when something is wrong.
To use Fixd, all your car needs is an OBD-II port. If you’re driving a car built in 1996 or later, the chances are pretty good that your car will work with Fixd, since any vehicle built since that time has such a port. You’ll usually find the OBD-II port somewhere around or under your glove box.
If you have a car that was manufactured before 1996, you’re out of luck.
Fixd will also work with hybrids, and the company is currently beta testing diesel-based vehicles, and says that it’s “had success with models made after 2008.”