Openbay, an online marketplace for auto repair, announced OpenbayConnect, an OBD dongle and mobile app that diagnose car problems and deliver repair quotes from local mechanics.
“We live in an on-demand society, and today’s connected consumers expect immediate responses to their needs. We’re eliminating the need to head to a mechanic to diagnose a check-engine light,” said Rob Infantino, founder and CEO of Openbay. “OpenbayConnect will remotely determine cause, cost and availability to perform the repair by local mechanics, answering virtually every driver’s need for efficient, affordable auto repair service.”
OpenbayConnect will be made available, beginning this spring, to a select user base, both directly from Openbay and through its partners, the company said.
The Openbay online marketplace, launched end of 2013, is helping consumers comparison shop for automotive repair and maintenance service. The start-up headquartered in Cambridge, MA, has been funded by Google Ventures, a16z seed, Boston Seed Capital, Stage 1 Ventures and several individual investors.