September 27, 2018

Unveiling Smartcar’s developer dashboard redesign

Sydney Palumbo

Software Engineer

Our goal at Smartcar is to make it as simple and secure as possible for developers to build apps that communicate with cars. Our developer dashboard is your sidekick as you build on the Smartcar API, allowing you to create an account, register your app, and make your first request to a vehicle.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that our developer dashboard just got a major facelift. 💅

Say hello to the redesigned developer dashboard!

With its sleek new exterior, the dashboard is focused on showing you exactly what you need to get started with the Smartcar API. Shedding a few of the clunkier steps that may have previously made it difficult to register and configure your application, the dashboard has been fully redesigned to give you a much friendlier developer experience (not to mention a much friendlier aesthetic experience too 😉).

More specifically, here are a few changes that might make your life (more than) a little bit easier when building with Smartcar:

  • Clutter-free layout: We’ve placed the information that’s most important to you front-and-center. After creating an account, you can easily copy your client ID, regenerate your client secret, or configure your redirect URIs in no time. These intuitive new features are designed to get you from 0 to 60 in 3.5.
  • Clean and simple navigation: One of the key enhancements of our redesigned dashboard is its lightweight navigation. By neatly grouping content, the dashboard lets you focus on what’s important: your client credentials and app settings. No need to worry about jumping from page to page if you want to register a new application, view a list of all your apps, or get support from our team.
  • Seamless access to docs, resources, and support: We’ve added quick access links to our documentation, support center, and getting-started guides. If you get stuck while configuring your application, you can read up on our relevant docs or run our demo app to get inspiration for your project.

We hope that these improvements make it just a bit easier for you to build on the Smartcar platform today. To us, the most exciting part of this redesign is how it paves the way for many awesome features to come.

So, keep an eye out for what’s next! Don’t hesitate to give us as much feedback and as many feature requests as your heart desires. You can email us or message us directly on Twitter. We read every message and are always more than happy to help! 💖

Smartcar is an API that allows mobile and web apps to communicate with connected cars (think “check odometer” or “unlock doors”) — across vehicle brands, no hardware needed.

Want to take our API for a spin? Check out our docs and get started with our demo app! Have any questions or feedback? Shoot us an email! 🚀

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