Update - 12/120
It seems that we have to close the book on Mojio. I recently received an email stating that all older devices, including the sample we were sent, will be deactivated in early 2018. Now with that being said, this isn't a total loss for me. The Mojio was a fun little gadget that lasted a couple months, then I simply just quit using it. A few times, I found it useful, but for the cost and included usage fees, it just wasn't worth it.
The technology from Mojio will be carried on, as they have moved away from hardware it seems and more into the behind the scenes stuff. I really can't estimate if the stuff we saw on our end, the consumer/daily driver end was a full effort or just to back the project and test things out. Either way, I did find it cool it could take a dumb car and somewhat connect it to the world. With that being said, I will soon have a brick in the glovebox, and that is always a bummer.
Done properly, I could see this type of thing be a huge hit. Maybe Amazon, Apple, or some random company out there will connect your car in a new way. GM seems to do it in a way with OnStar, Subaru has StarLink - somebody has to come up with a useful and reasonably priced system to make your older car smart.
The Mojio was fun and I'm glad I had the chance to give it a go over the past couple years.
Update - 6/12
Well that didn't take long.. Mojio Gauge is now out on iOS too. I obviously downloaded it and gave it a shot. The UI is solid, my talk with the "UI Guy" was no joke, as he had all intentions to make it pretty and he did. I love the blurry road in the background. Mojio is still stuck on my original vehicle though, not pulling the VIN from the new car it's plugged into. It also will not forget about the old check engine light. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but it has found this non-existent issue on 3 apps now.
One more problem... When I try to text or email the non-existent fault code within the app, it crashes. It is a very clever feature, as you can text the fault right to a mechanic or email it to the shop. I like the idea, they just need to make it work. Overall though, very cool and it's showing progress. I will stand by my thoughts from the other day - I'd like all this in one app. I'm imagining giving this to somebody as a gift, then telling them they need to download 3 apps, seems a bit much and I don't know if they would actually stick with all of them or even look at them all after installing. Keep up the good work Mojio, we're rooting for you here at Hoagies Garage! Some screen shots below of the new Gauge App, next I'm going to try and steal my car and find out how the Cloak app reacts... More to come soon!
Update - 6/10
Mojio has been pushing their new apps for the past week on Facebook with video commercials. The new apps were available for Android first, and today I found Mojio Cloak in the iTunes Store. On my iPhone 6, the Cloak app seems to be working well. It is showing the location of my vehicle, the exact address, and it lets me turn on the "cloak". Basically, if the Car/Mojio leaves that area, I will be alerted. The app says it is using a service called Mapbox and OpenStreetMap. Either way, this app looks to be nicely built and easy to use.
The one thing I'm thinking now, is it possible for them to combine all of these apps into one, useful Mojio App. I'd like to be able to "Cloak" my vehicle, while in the vehicle health app and keep my phone freed up with less clutter. Just a thought, but overall it looks nice. I need to try driving the car out of the zone now, and see how the app reacts. More on that soon....
Update - 6/2
Mojio emailed me about the newest apps, one called Mojio Cloak and the other called Mojio gauge. They are Android only right now, which means I have no way to try them out. A friend of the garage though got the Mojio Cloak app, which is a security type of app. It wouldn't let us register the Mojio to the app, saying it's already been taken. Using the Hoagies Garage account, it didn't pull the Mojio we have setup and kept saying no vehicles registered. Kind of a fail on this one.
Mojio Gauge only seems to be working with kilometers and when we the back button is pressed, it logs out of the app. Mojio is still stuck on my check engine light that was activated on purpose for another story, then cleared. It still is pulling it even though no light is on the dash... Mojio gauge has a nice look about it and looks similar to the beta Virtual Mechanic app. It also is having an issue figuring out what car I am driving. The TBSS is not being used right now, but it still is pulling the info on that... Both of these apps need some serious work, just our thoughts. It seems like another swing and a miss for Mojio, such a bummer because there is so much potential here. Both apps have a nice user interface, but their functionality and reliability are in question. I hope for more on the next round of updates...
Update - 6/1
The pilot program for Virtual Mechanic has lapsed. Mojio sent out an email saying they missed some deadlines with Apple to push out an updated app, so now we are waiting on a new app called "Mojio Gauge". The Virtual Mechanic was much better than the actual Mojio App, but overall they have a long way to come with apps and website integration. To me, this is make or break for them. The Mojio is such a clever concept, but right now when I think about it, I haven't looked up my driving stats or anything in weeks. The fun factor is kind of missing from this and I'm starting to think it might not be useful for somebody like me. I get what it can do, but I'm wondering if it is something I need it to do... More to come soon once we get the new app downloaded and tested.
Update - 5/8
We're still in the Beta 2.0 program with Mojio and also demoing out their new Virtual Mechanic app. You can tell money is starting to roll in for them because they are asking more questions with surveys and it looks like they are ready to roll out some upgrades. I had a phone call with the new website designer yesterday and we discussed what should change. To me, it's very interesting that the company is asking people like me for help in this area, because honestly this is a product I want to work out for them, I'm just curious if it will actually make it. The website and main Mojio app have always been boring and clinical. I told the guy over a twenty minute phone call that they need to make it a fun experience. Driving is fun and Mojio offers nothing extra for me, which gives me a big reason to not visit the site.
We discussed adding satellite views online of where your car is, maintenance alerts, simpler icons and even the weather of your current location. Hoagies Garage also has a Zubie for testing purposes, and right now it is clearly more fun looking and easier to navigate online. More to come on this, but look for upgrades/updates to Mojio's website.
Update - 4/21
Since being added to the Beta 2.0 testing, we were given access to the new Mojio app called Virtual Mechanic. I need to reconfigure my settings, vehicle, etc on Mojio's website, because I feel like this app is confused with the two vehicles I have been using Mojio with. Basically the car I set it up with isn't the car I'm using now.
Anyways, the new app is somewhat useful giving you a full health picture of your vehicle. Allowing you to run a quick diagnosis and see what, if any issues exist. This is a step in the right direction for Mojio, mainly because the real app and also the website are somewhat lacking that fun factor.
Finally, we did a test where I had one of my fellow writers track me during a trip. The one interesting this was when logged in and tracking me, he had to constantly hit refresh to see my location. A rolling picture of vehicle movement would be amazing if they could crack that. They also need to integrate some satellite imagery, instead of the basic map.
Update - 4/13
Mojio invited us to join their Beta 2.0 testing program. We will be able to give the app "Virtual Mechanic" a try. Should be interesting and this looks like 2.0 of the Mojio could show some improvements. Right now the Mojio is saying I have a check engine light on, which I do not and it is also not picking up every trip I take... Some updates need to be in order so everything can be ironed out.
Update - 4/1
Mojio has just announced a large partnership/funding in the neighborhood of $8 million big ones. This means quite a few things for them, mainly more options. They are looking for beta testers which I am guessing is to push more items out and see what else they can accomplish with this little device. We will stay tuned for that...
On another note, we did manage to sync GoodCoins to our Mojio account, which logs fuel consumption and driving. Goodcoins is more focused on being green and active. Our Trailblazer SS is not agreeing with their recommended fuel consumption, who would have thought that. We'll keep playing though. If you have a Mojio, give Goodcoins a try, it is free!
Driving 2.0 they call it. This is the idea of taking your car and connecting it. The Mojio is one of the new devices that can connect your car to the digital world around you. When speaking with Mojio directly, they are very excited about the capabilities of this little device. The concept is very simple:
- Your vehicle tracks tons of data every single day without you knowing: Speed, RPMs, MPGs and so on.
-Mojio will take all of this data, add location tracking with GPS, and then turn all of that into useful information for the drivers.
-The device plugs into the OBD port to collect data and then uses 3G to transmit it all back to Mojio. Plug it in and forget about it.
Sounds simple right? Well in all honesty it really isn't. The system is crazy in depth and just talking with the company revealed many facts and figures that made my head swim. The Mojio guys are more computer guys than car guys. They understand the power of computing and want to add it up to your vehicle. This includes regular drivers, company cars, fleet vehicles and anything else with an OBD port. They are then taking the data and connecting with different app manufacturers and websites. Think FourSquare and gaming, but with your car - ex: you get ten points for this trip because you averaged over 30mpg.. Stuff like that. My first thought was well I don't have a spare OBD port, the Aeroforce Interceptor and Valentine 1 are both plugged in with a splitter. When you have a spare port though, the possibilities seem to be endless for Mojio. The main thing is you are not limited, because Mojio can connect with multiple apps and services. Here are two examples:
1. Mojio is in your vehicle, plugged in and functioning correctly. You need to send mileage and fuel consumption figures to your employer for reimbursement. Mojio can connect with Concur and send them all of the statistics needed, pretty much without you doing anything on your end. This would be a huge benefit to employers and people who travel for work. Concur is a major expense tracking company that has embraced the power of Mojio.
2. Same Mojio that is plugged in from before, now I want to share my location with friends. Granted I can get a smartphone app to do this, but with a connection to the service Glympse, you don't need to have a special app running on your phone and you can always see details on where your car is in reference to your buddies. That native Mojio app does the vehicle tracking as well, but more basic and not as social.
So as you can tell, there are lots of ways to use Mojio. The native app is somewhat simple, but the whole system is meant to be expandable by third parties. One clever feature though of the Mojio app, is vehicle diagnostics. You can pull check engine lights, get low fuel alerts and even be told when your battery might need replacing. Mojio mentioned how this data could soon be sent to AAA, and they can come out and replace a battery for you when the time comes.
Finally, the Mojio monitors G-Force. This can help in a number of ways. It would be pretty solid evidence in a crash for insurance purposes. The data could also let you know when your teenager is giving your 505hp Z06 the full new driver experience. G-Force is fun to see and also monitor. I'm really curious if some third party performance apps will jump on board to see who can pull the most G's or even get the best 0-60 times...
This story is different for us because we are going to be constantly evaluating this little guy. I have tried it in a number of vehicles, and it is interchangeable. This summer though, it will be running almost full time in our LS1 powered Camaro. Some track days should be interesting to watch and monitor. As new apps appear and become connectable, they will be added and reviewed on this story page. Look us up on Mojio and with the different social apps, under Hoagies Garage.
For more information, check out Mojio online to get setup with their system: