February 26, 2019

Introducing the Compatibility API (beta)

Jeremy Zhang

Product Manager

Today, we’re proud to announce Smartcar's Compatibility API - a product that allows developers to determine which vehicles are compatible with the Smartcar platform.

Until now, it was hard to know which vehicles were compatible with Smartcar, even among supported brands. Some brands started equipping their models with the required connectivity hardware in a specific production year, while others only equipped a vehicle if the buyer configured the car with a certain package. Long story short, there was no easy way of knowing whether a certain car was compatible with Smartcar.

We realized that this was far from ideal and decided to solve the problem. Our new Compatibility API allows you to enter a car's vehicle identification number (VIN) and determine whether it is compatible with the Smartcar platform.

Smartcar’s API reference

The Compatibility API is the industry’s first and only system to determine embedded connected hardware compatibility across different vehicle brands. Here’s how it benefits you:

Improving user experience

Determine whether your user’s car is compatible before sending them through Smartcar Connect. Your app can now easily support user flows for both compatible and incompatible vehicles.

Understanding user segments

Find out how many of your users own compatible vehicles and decide whether integrating with Smartcar is right for you.

Check out our docs to try the new endpoint, and let us know if you have any questions!

P.S. This is just the beginning. the Compatibility API paves the way for us to add more API endpoints and to connect your apps with millions of vehicles. Stay tuned!

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