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Open Vehicles Community Releases Electric-Car Monitoring App

Buy a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt, and you can use an app on your smartphone to query the car about its state of charge, start or stop charging, and warm or cool the cabin before unplugging–all of it remotely.

As electric-car owners have found, it’s wonderfully useful. But not all electric cars offer a remote app, until now.

Today, a group of owners who came together to form the OpenVehicles community announced that it is releasing the first production version of an app that lets owners monitor any vehicle remotely.

And it’s not necessarily restricted to electric cars, either. With modification, the open-source software could be used for any recent vehicle.

We first saw the product last December, when it promised to offer owners of Tesla Roadsters some of the features available in Nissan and Chevy smartphone apps.

Since then, the project has gone from strength to strength and–like many community-based or “crowd-sourced” projects–it has quickly adapted to new requirements.

One such new requirement came from the the widely publicized battery ‘bricking’ issue, in which electric-car owners run a risk of total battery failure if they leave their cars unplugged for many months with a battery that’s largely discharged already.
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