CarPrint is a real-world game that you "play" in your car! The objective is to eco-drive and beat your own car’s fuel economy ratings on as many trips as possible.
The app complements your car’s fuel economy gauges and measures your eco-driving success trip-by-trip and over the long haul. Here’s what CarPrint does for you:
• CarPrint helps you reduce greenhouse gas emissions
• It saves you money
• CarPrint makes driving interesting
• It helps you become an even better driver
• CarPrint helps you keep your car company honest
Auto companies continue to make the news for overstating the expected fuel economy for their vehicles. CarPrint gives you an easy way to see how your fuel economy compares to the manufacturer’s claims. It goes well beyond what your car’s fuel economy indicators tell you.
The CarPrint app takes the boredom out of driving and helps you focus on the task at hand – driving! The app is not distracting. You cannot see trip results until you reach your destination and turn off your engine. In fact, the app will make you an even better driver, possibly lowering your car insurance rates.
• Tracks how much you save on gas
• Shows maps and speed profiles of every trip
• Shows city and highway fuel economy for each trip
• You compete against your own vehicle’s fuel economy ratings
• Has vehicle location if you can't remember where you parked
• Shows your car’s speed range “Sweet Spot”
• Tracks number of gas-free miles
• Tracks your carbon dioxide reductions!
WHAT IS ECO-DRIVING?
Eco-driving (aka green driving) is easy to learn and you may already use some eco-driving tactics, such as minimizing idling in drive-thru lines, using cruise control, and using apps like Waze or Google Maps to adjust travel times and routes. Eco-drivers do a few things a little differently. The trick is to keep at it and that’s where the CarPrint app comes in.
DOES ECO-DRIVING REALLY WORK?
Yes! Research shows that eco-driving increases fuel economy by 5 to 25%, so expect to pay less for fuel, while traveling just as far. Take it from the pros. Most truck (lorry) drivers have been eco-driving for years because they know eco-driving saves them money.
HOW DOES CARPRINT WORK?
CarPrint works with your car’s OBD2 port and your mobile device, specifically an Android Smartphone or Tablet. Purchase an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) reader, plug it into your car’s OBD port, pair it with the CarPrint app, and off you go.
The OBD scanner captures data from your vehicle’s engine and uses Bluetooth to transmit the data to your phone or tablet, which then uploads it to your CarPrint account. The data is crunched and you will see all kinds of interesting information on your own web pages.
Most ELM327 Bluetooth adapters are compatible with the Android version of CarPrint. The U.S. price of our favorite OBD2 reader on Amazon is currently $10 for Android: http://amzn.to/2lD7Sqg and in Britain, the price is ￡11: https://amzn.to/2qe857y.
CarPrint requires an Android Smartphone or Tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) or newer (older versions are uncommon).
Your vehicle must have an OBD2 port (aka OBDii). If you have an older car, check your owner’s manual to see if you have an OBD2 / OBDii port, or look at the list below: