Sunnyvale, Calif. – PLX
Devices took the wraps off a series of products that lets users connect to a
car’s onboard diagnostic port via their smartphone.
Already available for
some time, the Kiwi is billed as a plug-and-play hardware piece that can
install into any car that was manufactured after 1996 by plugging into the
car’s OBDII port. PLX has now expanded its capabilities by enabling it to be
paired with an iPhone or Android. When connected with the Kiwi Wifi or Kiwi
Bluetooth, users can view a car’s speed, RPM, engine load, Real Time Dyno, and
engine check diagnostics via their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone.
The Kiwi piece itself
measures 2.5 inches by 1.25 inches by 0.6 inches, PLX said.
The Kiwi Wifi uses a
Wi-Fi network to form a link with the Apple devices, whereas the Kiwi Bluetooth
is for Android phones. Features and prices for the two models differ slightly.
The Kiwi Wifi ($149) is compatible
with such apps as Rev, DashCommand, SpeedPort and FuzzyCar, and has such
features as check engine diagnostic tools, horsepower and torque calculations,
gauge themes and race utilities, among others.
The Kiwi Bluetooth,
meanwhile, is compatible with such apps as Torque, alOBD Scanner, OBDroid and
VoyagerConnect. Features include fuel consumption MPG meter, check engine
diagnostic tools, horsepower and torque calculations, gauge themes and race
utilities, among others. It drops in price from the Kiwi Wifi, retailing for a
According to a company
spokesman, the stark price difference between the two versions is because of
the increased expense in manufacturing the Kiwi Wifi and the cost of getting it
to work on the iPhone.