The Connection Key is a new device, developed by Mechanic Advisors, that helps car owners better understand and respond to vehicular issues. The device helps you get the same level of information as your auto repair shop, but also helps put you in touch with a good mechanic who can fix any issues.
The gizmo plugs into cars' standard On-Board Diagonistics port and links to both iOS and Android smartphones to offer real-time vehicle data and decipher over 20,000 error codes, giving it a diagnostic capability that rivals most mechanics. The device will also alert you when it's time to replace your tires or change oil, and is claimed to work with pretty much any vehicle manufactured from 1996 onwards.
If the Connection Key is something you'd be interested in, you can place a pre-order now for $50 including shipping. The price is expected to rise to $75 once the product becomes more widely available in early 2015.
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