A couple of weeks ago I got an email from the guys at Mix Telematics letting me know about a new South African iPhone app they had developed, called Mix Mobile. Essentially what the app does, is that it allows you to connect to an XDrive device in your car, and then allows you to track various aspects of the vehicle. The XDrive unit is a simple GSM/GPS device which connects to your car’s battery, and tracks the vehicle’s movements. These alerts can be sent to you via email or SMS, and the awesome thing about the product is that there is no Monthly subscription fee. Everything is based on a Pre Paid system, and you buy credits through the XDrive website.
You can log into the XDrive website, or into the iPhone app, which allows you to see the current location of the car, you can also follow the car. You can also set up alerts through the website to detect Impact Detection, Over Speeding, Low Battery, Harsh Braking as well as specified Acceleration.
Some of the other features of the device are:
The iPhone app is really simple to use, and you can control all the features from the app, as well as an up to date status on the vehicle.
I received a test unit yesterday, from the chaps at Mix Telematics, and installed it in about 10 minutes. The installation is really simple, and you only need to connect 2 wires. Once the unit has been installed and secured, it goes through a simple self install routine, and downloads the latest firmware over the air. The unit has a sim card built into it, and uses a combination of GSM & GPS to detect and report your location and stats.
You can purchase the XDrive unit from Kalahari.net for R2999, and you can download the iPhone app for free from the app store. The app has a demo mode which allows you to see 2 vehicles in action, and allows you to get an idea of how it all fits together.
So far, I am very impressed with how the whole system works, and I am looking forward to seeing how it all shapes up over the next couple of months.