We have now learned about the OBD-II and the way a scan tool communicates with vehicle, but there is still more to cover! Our sensor is a little bit different from most other scan tools. You do not need an expensive device to connect to the sensor. All you need is your smartphone! In order for this to happen you need a way to connect to the sensor, which brings us to our next topic, bluetooth.
First we will look at what bluetooth is. Bluetooth is a standard method for relaying information over a short distance. It is frequently used to by smartphones to connect to other devices like speakers, fitness watches, and now OBD-II scanners!
For many bluetooth devices, you will need to go to the bluetooth settings on your phone and pair (connect) to the device. Our device is a bit different! For added security, you cannot connect to the sensor unless you have the FIXD app, and FIXD app account. This means you cannot connect through your bluetooth settings. Not to worry, once the sensor is registered to your account, all it takes is a tap to connect!
Once the sensor is connected to the your phone, and the app, the communication process will start! The sensor will collect data from the vehicle, and then send it to the app. This information is translated and displayed by the app to help you keep your car healthy and on the road!