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PLX Kiwi – engine and driving monitor helps improve your mpg by up to 33%, or your carbon back…

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The PLX Kiwi is an engine and driving monitor device which helps you save fuel by displaying your fuel consumption live as you drive. It also displays a scorecard which lets you know if you’re driving properly and responsibly (i.e. in Drive Green Mode) by accelerating smoothly, avoiding harsh braking etc etc. We’re a little concerned about the training mode, because we have visions of people peering myopically at the screen while crashing spectacularly into the nearest tree. But hey, what do we know?

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It connects to your car via the standard OBDII socket (usually found near the bottom of your steering wheel in the driver’s well), is compatible with all cars post 1996 and features a 2.2 inch organic LED display and a set of icons which seems to have been culled from the Nintendo book of home computing circa 1987. Still snark aside, it’s a laudable attempt to help us all save the planet, and should be congratulated. Priced at £299.00.

 My car already has an MPG meter, what will Kiwi do for me? A factory MPG meter will give you your instantaneous MPG and your trip MPG. It does not provide you with the necessary information for you to understand and identify wasteful driving behavior. Kiwi’s internal computer analyzes information rapidly and is able to identify certain wasteful driving trends which is not available on your vehicle.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


1 Comment

  • If the main goal of this website is ecological gadgets and sustainability, then I understand the omission of some of the best features of the Kiwi monitor – and others like it. Engine parameters are monitored (thus the name), so, engine trouble codes can be determined without having to run an expensive diagnostic at your local mechanic's shop. Personally, I think this function is tops – who wouldn't love rolling into a mechanic's shop, and knowing exactly what the problem is?

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