Pakistan start-up hopes for a global hit with xGear

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xgearPakistan-based startup xGear is preparing to go global with a gadget that gives drivers detailed data about their journey and their vehicle, Tech in Asia reported.

The xGear gadget plugs into a car’s on-board diagnostics port under the steering wheel and transmits useful data wirelessly to an account. This data can then be accessed by car owners using their smartphones or laptops. The device is primarily designed for fleet managers, but it can be used by individual car owners.

The xGear installation gives information such as maintenance details, fuel management analytics, live tracking, and a trip summary. The device – which is now up for pre-order – is compatible with every vehicle sold in the US after 1996, when on-board diagnostics ports became mandatory. In the European Union, all cars since 2001 have that port.

Khalid and his team – who now have a California office – are aiming to provide its customers with possibilities for better driving, greater fuel efficiency, and hassle-free maintenance for their vehicles. Ahmed came up with this idea during his studies back in 2006, but the start-up and its product only came to life in 2013. They are a small team of four people right now.

xGear got a soft launch in March by shipping some of its earliest pre-orders. The team is now planning to market the gadget in the US, in parts of the Middle East such as car-mad Dubai, and in Pakistan.

Since xGear could be used by nearly every car owner, Ahmed and the crew are planning to expand to other countries as well. There will be a high-profile global launch within the next couple of months, Ahmed explains. Their closest competitor is Automatic, which went on sale in 2013.

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Pakistan-based startup xGear is preparing to go global with a gadget that gives drivers detailed data about their journey and their vehicle, Tech in Asia reported.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

xgearPakistan-based startup xGear is preparing to go global with a gadget that gives drivers detailed data about their journey and their vehicle, Tech in Asia reported.

The xGear gadget plugs into a car’s on-board diagnostics port under the steering wheel and transmits useful data wirelessly to an account. This data can then be accessed by car owners using their smartphones or laptops. The device is primarily designed for fleet managers, but it can be used by individual car owners.

The xGear installation gives information such as maintenance details, fuel management analytics, live tracking, and a trip summary. The device – which is now up for pre-order – is compatible with every vehicle sold in the US after 1996, when on-board diagnostics ports became mandatory. In the European Union, all cars since 2001 have that port.

Khalid and his team – who now have a California office – are aiming to provide its customers with possibilities for better driving, greater fuel efficiency, and hassle-free maintenance for their vehicles. Ahmed came up with this idea during his studies back in 2006, but the start-up and its product only came to life in 2013. They are a small team of four people right now.

xGear got a soft launch in March by shipping some of its earliest pre-orders. The team is now planning to market the gadget in the US, in parts of the Middle East such as car-mad Dubai, and in Pakistan.

Since xGear could be used by nearly every car owner, Ahmed and the crew are planning to expand to other countries as well. There will be a high-profile global launch within the next couple of months, Ahmed explains. Their closest competitor is Automatic, which went on sale in 2013.

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