Everybody could use a little help maintaining their car and that is a role that Drust's Akolyt is looking to fill.
The Akolyt is a device that plugs directly into a car's dashboard and provides real-time information and support to one's smart phone via a free app. The device assists in several areas of maintaining a vehicle, from feedback on how you drive the car to upcoming maintenance alerts. That includes such things as wear on tires, breaks and oil. The Akolyt can also help to get a driver assistance should a breakdown or accident occur and CEO Michael Fernandez said at CES that the device provides performance tips that could lead to up to 20-to-30 percent in gas savings.
Of course, in an increasingly social world, users can also measure their performance against other drivers and accrue points to level up and earn badges.
The Akolyt has started to become available in Europe and Fernandez said the company has an eye towards a release in the United States at a later time.
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