July 20, 2022

Introducing: Vehicle Test Simulator

Angie Shields

Director of Experience Engineering

We’re excited to announce Vehicle Test Simulator, a brand new way to test your mobility app and launch new features even faster!

Now, you can quickly test your application in realistic scenarios with any Smartcar-compatible vehicle. Simulate live trips and receive real-time API data without the cost or logistics of physical test vehicles! You can even run tests across multiple cars at the same time.

Let’s take a closer look at how it works.

Select a vehicle

Start by picking a vehicle from any Smartcar-compatible brand across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Choose from our growing list of battery electric (BEV), hybrid (HEV), and conventional vehicles (ICE). You can drill down by Make, Model, Year, or search with a real VIN.

Select a trip

Next, pick a trip from one of four preconfigured trip types based on your vehicle’s region. Trips can range from 4 to 24-hour durations so you can simulate different real-world scenarios:

  • Day commute - A typical commute between work and home. For EVs, the vehicle will be charged overnight.
  • Short trip - A quick trip across town; no charging or fuel stops.
  • Long trip - An extended day trip. The vehicle will be plugged in or fueled up before embarking on the return drive home.
  • Parked - Parking at home or work. For EVs, the vehicle will be charged to full capacity.

You can start a new simulated trip at any time. However, you will need to connect your app to the simulated vehicle before making API requests to the vehicle.

Connect your app

Now you're ready to connect your application to the simulated vehicle through Smartcar Connect. Vehicle Test Simulator automatically generates a set of credentials you can use to connect to each vehicle.

Once connected, simply start a trip and begin making API requests from your app to the simulated vehicle. As the trip progresses, you will also see the vehicle data update in real-time on the Smartcar Dashboard!

Check out a quick demo of the Vehicle Test Simulator in action:

From easy-to-use APIs to popular software development kits (SDKs) and dashboard analytics, Vehicle Test Simulator is another example of our commitment to delivering a truly exceptional developer experience.

Ready to get started?

If you're a Smartcar user, you can contact us or reach out to your Customer Success Manager to learn how you can start using Vehicle Test Simulator today! If you're new to Smartcar, request a demo to explore how our car API platform could be the right solution for you.


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