So why now?
A few nights ago I did a furious hour of research on this and found these devices to be worth further reading. They are in their infancy, so it's not a buy-plug-play scenario, but rather a buy-fiddle-test-play one, akin to home computers in the late 1970s. Notable in that you have to get your hands dirty still. For non-tinkerers, I'm estimating this niche will be buy-plug-play in a year. Just a guess.
Whatever the case, maturity is right around the corner. It's time to let go of the limitation our tiny-screen phones and limited-character dedicated OBDII devices. Imagine pulling into your garage, and when your new onboard aftermarket computer is triggered by proximity to a WiFi node in your garage, the data from your drive [note upon re-read: not computer hard drive, but rather your "outing" in your Volvo] is sent to your home Mac or PC, and all parameters for the drive are processed into a neat report that may let you know before a code is set that your thermostat is likely getting a little long in the tooth. The report is emailed to your email account, and arrives at your phone (and your 14-year-old's phone, because s/he is next in line to your Volvo and wants to ensure you're treating it right) before you turn it off.
And today being the first day of a new year... let's talk about the future .
What am I talking about?
Images from arduinodev.com to give you a better idea of what this does:
I just about flew out of my socks when I saw this. Seriously, guys, I think rare is the MVS regular who wouldn't want such a remarkable real-time information device. With a COOL NIGHTTIME BLUE DISPLAY. C'mon.
10 Raspberry Pi creations that show how amazing the tiny PC can be led me to Raspberry Pi Car PC Project which is rich in cutting edge onboard aftermarket computer news and practical application. Which led me to
This is probably all possible right now, given a lot of code and script writing and testing. Which means it'll be available to us without all the fuss soon, thanks to the wonders of capitalism.
Maybe part of that cascade of events that happens when your Volvo enters your garage will include automatic upload to MVS, so that we can all benefit with expected lifetime of OEM and replacement parts.