Introducing CaRPM. Our new look!

We’re incredibly excited to introduce you to our latest design! A huge thanks to everyone involved for making this possible. We really appreciate your support.

Our aim at CaRPM has been to help you understand your car better and make car ownership easier. With an OBD-II scanner installed, you can help yourself to the data that your car holds. If you have any questions about the scanner, feel free to contact us (call us through the app itself) and we’ll get right to it.

To help you through the new design and the little things here and there, we thought we’d give you a short walk-through. Some features have remained the same while others have been improved upon to give you the best support while you enjoy driving your car.

1. Garage and Car Profile: Find and select your primary car and use the CaRPM app to track when to renew your insurance, when your servicing is due, etc. You can also get a better idea of your car’s health by entering the age of your car.

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2. Live data: There’s a LOT more data you can view on your dashboard. You can select what data you want to view on your dashboard while you drive.

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3. Driving score: Based on your driving, we analyse your driving pattern and generate your score on a 100 point scale. Not only this, we recommend tips for better driving and increasing your score.

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4. Invite your friends: You can invite your friends and compare driving scores and FINALLY answer “Who’s the better driver?”. Compete with your friends and get daily tips and suggestions to improve your car’s health!

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Besides these, there are a lot of small features that we’ve added to make your driving experience better and owning a car easier and more affordable. Do try them out!

Of course, your inputs are extremely valuable for us to be able to serve you better. So please let us know what you think about the app and we’ll get back to you on it. Write to us at fix@carpm.in with your feedback and who knows, maybe you’ll get early access to our new features for helping us improve!

Download the CaRPM app here

Share with your friends & family and help them turn their car into a smart car!

Why is the Diesel Ban important?

The Odd-Even experiment is long gone but the Supreme Court of India has ordered that the ban on registration on new diesel vehicles with an engine capacity more 2000cc must remain till April 1, 2016.

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This ban follows more or less the same logic as the Odd-Even experiment; it is centered around the degrading air quality in Delhi. But it is more than just this debate, and that is where the ban becomes important. The plea to remove the ban was put forward by leading automobile manufacturers such as Mercedes, Toyota and Mahindra & Mahindra. The idea being put forth is that new diesel engines do not pollute more than petrol engines because they are designed based on a “new technology”.

Diesel-driven vehicles account for over 90 per cent of SUVs in the country, 34 per cent of small cars and 70 per cent of large/medium cars. With so many diesel cars on the road, and the exponential increase in the market in recent years, they are under scrutiny for good reason.

Although, traditional literature claims that diesel engines pollute less, that isn’t exactly the case. Diesel engines emit lesser carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons. However, they produce more particulate matter than petrol engines. Most diesel engines now use catalytic converters for engine efficiency (and reduced emissions). The converter is most efficient at temperatures above 250 degrees Celsius. Here lies the second problem; most vehicles don’t achieve the 250 degrees needed by the catalytic converter. Which is probably why  a report from the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research found that a modern diesel car pumps out more toxic pollutants than a bus or heavy truck.

The amount of time it takes for the diesel engine to warm up to that level is mostly only achieved by buses. And buses don’t use catalytic converters.

Another factor to examine is the quality of diesel fuel with respect to the amount of Sulphur, which is often much higher than acceptable.

Though most manufacturers claim that diesel engines are fitted with an exhaust re-circulation system (to burn partially burnt exhaust from the engine and reduce emission), the system itself is pretty expensive. Most manufacturers also wouldn’t make a profit by designing engines with higher injecting pressures.

 

Therefore, it isn’t unnatural to assume that the diesel ban is also a challenge to automobile manufacturers to prove that they live up to the promises made by them with regard to their technology. Following the VW scandal, the ban is a test for the manufacturers and, in a larger sense, to the corporate profit-making mindset that disregards safety norms. And that is why the diesel ban is so important.

 

 

The Odd-Even Rule: 2 day report

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Today is day 3 of the Odd-Even rule experiment. Although it is too soon to tell whether the rule has been a success or not, preliminary reports and data indicate a largely positive scenario.

According to the data released by the Delhi Government, there was an expected dip in the emissions as measured in air quality. The concentration of PM 10 and PM 2.5 had both dipped after day 1 as compared to the concentration last year on the same day.

Even on day 1, a dip of about 10% in concentration of pollutants as noticed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

An important observation after day 2 has been that areas in Delhi-NCR that border Uttar Pradesh showed higher pollution statistics than areas in and around central Delhi.

In areas like Dyal Singh College and colonies like Kasturba Nagar, a particulate matter value of 149 micrograms per cubic meter was seen.However, in colonies like Patparganj in East Delhi, the levels crossed 500 micrograms per cubic meter.

After day 2, at an average, PM 2.5 kept around 250 micrograms per cubic meter whereas PM 10 was in the range of 149-503.

However, the biggest positive has been the enthusiasm and involvement that the Delhi junta has shown during this experiment. Only about 200 offenders were fined on day 1. A similar trend was seen on day 2.

Active participation of the public is a must for the experiment to reveal accurate results. And the attitude of the Delhi junta seems to be positive.

If you are looking for someone to commute with during the odd-even scheme, then please visit delhi.carpm.in.

 

 

 

2015: How was it for cars?

As 2015 draws to a close, there were certain changes in the automotive industry that caught our attention. Here’s a review of the major happenings throughout the year. And oh, there’s a special treat at the end as well!

  1. Compact SUVs : If 2014 was the year of the sedans, 2015 was definitely the year of the SUVs, with awesome cars like the Hyundai Creta and Honda CRV becoming more common on the roads. Nearly 25 new models were introduced as well such as the S-Cross Premia Special Edition. Who knows, maybe 2016 will bring even better crossovers?
  2. In-Car Technology : Automakers are now remaking cars with easier and safer in-car technology seeing as how this is becoming an increasingly large selling point. In-car entertainment centers, GPS navigation are all becoming more user-friendly. Mobile apps for cars are also on the rise.
  3. The New Motor Vehicle Act : The government’s plans of enforcing new technologies like intelligent speed adaptation, driver alert control and eye drowsiness detectors is an initiative to reduce nearly 2,00,000 road accident deaths in the next fiver years. It will also create about 10,00,000 jobs in the transport sector.

 

And for all you car enthusiasts, here’s a look at the expected models for 2016, our way of wishing you all a Happy New Year. Enjoy!

  1. Audi Q7: December 2015-January 2016
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  2. Skoda Superb: Mid 2016
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  3. Audi New A4: October 2016
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  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: November 2015-January 2016
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  5. Honda BR-V: Mid 2016
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