Arduino Fuel Economy Gadget Seeks Designer

MPGuino

‘ve been keeping an eye out for Arduino projects that might require a bit of industrial design input, and then I found one where I should have started looking: The Arduino Playground, which seems like a particularly well developed project.

MPGuino is “a reasonably low-cost device that will gauge your MPG, even for cars that do not have an OBD-II interface in their car. This device uses inputs from the Vehicle Speed Sensor(VSS) and one fuel injector control wire, both of which are easily found in just about all electronic fuel injected cars.”

More technical info can be found at Ecomodder’s forum, while the wiki carries some examples of existing enclosure solutions, mainly boxy off-the-shelf jobs from Radioshack et al. Perhaps combined with Flightsofideas’ Sketchup plugin [blogged here], the indie designer community could come up with something more sleek for the discerning car owner. Even better, if any entrepreneurial-types would like to commission a design through Ponoko using this Arduino guide

 

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