build vs. buy

Thinking about building vehicle integrations?

It takes a lot to build apps for connected cars — from sorting and standardizing data across car brands, to getting the right security in place and staying up-to-date with frequent OEM API changes.

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Integrating apps with cars

If you’re deciding between building your own integrations or working with experts, this guide can help.

  • What it takes to build a vehicle integration
  • When is it the right time to build or buy vehicle integrations
  • What companies should look for in third-party API vendors
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Why build with Smartcar?

Smartcar enables developers to integrate applications and services with connected cars in a seamless and transparent way. We provide a consistent set of API endpoints across the most number of vehicle makes and models. Mobility businesses of all kinds use our APIs to track vehicle location, verify mileage, manage EV charging, share digital car keys, and much more!

Comprehensive coverage

Smartcar is compatible with the most vehicles and car brands across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Best developer experience

Our docs, SDKs, and self-service experience are the easiest way to build mobility apps and services.

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Leading brands trust Smartcar

Smartcar powers commercial apps and services for some of the world’s leading mobility businesses.

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“We searched the globe for the right technology partner and found an industry-leading partner in Smartcar. Smartcar's team consists of innovative thinkers who push their own limits to provide more value for each use case.”

Michael Reth

CEO at Axiom Connected

“I was completely awestruck that Smartcar enables insurers to connect to over 161 million vehicles—a number that’s vastly superior to other solutions on the market. This is a huge step forward for the insurance telematics industry.”

Ryan Morrison

Founder and CEO at True Mileage

“We couldn’t think of an easier way to remotely monitor and manage our customers’ electric vehicles. The Smartcar platform is straightforward, easy to integrate with, and compatible across car brands.”

John Diklev

CEO and Founder at Flower

“Smartcar is making it easier than ever for us to build new and innovative mobility experiences with connected vehicles.”

Andre Haddad

CEO at Turo

“Not only does the Smartcar platform provide amazing technology, but their team also helped us integrate in just a few weeks, which enabled us to scale incredibly fast!”

Scott Case

CEO and Co-Founder at Recurrent