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OBD telematics connected car accuracy

Since most standard OBD or OBDII vehicles do not make the odometer reading available or supply the odometer value in tenths, almost all telematics or connected car devices must calculate mileage from OBDII speed.  This calculation results in considerable error in many readings such as speed, acceleration and mileage.

In order to demonstrate the ability of MotorVibes™ accurate mileage calculation we pitted  Automatic’s OBDII device mileage against the MotorVibes ™ AccuMileage™ OBDII device.   A brand new 2016 Automatic device was purchased and installed according to instructions on a Nissan Frontier.     We compared the device results with the vehicles trip computer.

Results -Automatic

 Automatic mileage – 54 milesFrontier Automatic

Actual vehicle mileage – 55 miles

Frontier DashboardA

Error  = 1 Mile / 55 Miles = 1.8%


 Next, a MotorVibes™ device was installed on the same vehicle.

Results –  MotorVibes™

MotorVibes™ Mileage – 105.97 Miles

Frontier MotorVibes™

Actual vehicle mileage -106.2 miles

Frontier Dashboardb

 Error  = 0.23 miles / 106.2 miles = 0.2 %


This demonstrates the ability of MotorVibes™ patent pending technology to correct traditional error found in most telematics devices.      While not all vehicles will see this high degree of accuracy, overall accuracy is greatly improved using MotorVibes™ technology.   Email or call 262-347-3137 for more information.

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Top 5 Skills Needed for Technical Consultants

When choosing technical consultants, companies often only focus on a long list of technical skills. For electronic engineers that typically includes hardware design, software design, embedded software, programming, circuit design, microcontrollers, etc.

The best engineers might not know the exact technical skills you need but they will learn them. Having managed many engineers over time, I have found that the best engineers share common traits. Continue reading Top 5 Skills Needed for Technical Consultants

Electronic Engineers with Personality!

Many engineers underestimate the importance of interpersonal communications. Companies often fail to evaluate communication skills when engaging a product development firm. Designing and troubleshooting electronic products and embedded software is much more efficient when the engineers are professional, outgoing, and can explain problems and technologies. Here our engineers are running a trade show booth for products they designed.

Electrical EngineersThis was a new technology introduction and the end result of the show was a national account contract and several more national account contacts as a result of our engineers’ ability to present the technology.

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Easily Add WIFI / IoT (Internet of Things) Capabilities To a Product

With the emerging popularity of Internet of Things technologies and standards, many devices today are being connected to the internet or a cell phone via WIFI (802.11 b, g, etc.).

 This project was to design an easy economical way to add WIFI capabilities to work with an existing product which used a simple micro-controller. Continue reading Easily Add WIFI / IoT (Internet of Things) Capabilities To a Product

Avoid Critical Business Decisions Based on Poor Vehicle Telematics Data

OBDII telematics devices that attach to a cars diagnostic port are rapidly proliferating and can pose a significant risk to your business if the data supplied by the device is not accurate.  Poor accuracy on speed, mileage, acceleration and fuel efficiency are common and can lead to poor decisions for whole industries  like usage based insurance (UBI) . Continue reading Avoid Critical Business Decisions Based on Poor Vehicle Telematics Data

Electronic Engineering Motorcycle Dyno

The project was to debug, troubleshoot and redesign portions of the control and data acquisition components of a motorcycle dynamometer. The project was quite challenging due to the high rate of speed and the short time of the drive cycle.  As delivered the system was electrically noisy. The video shows a lug down test run.

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