What is Postman?

Postman is a collaboration platform for API development. Postman’s features simplify each step of building an API and streamline collaboration so you can create better APIs - faster. You’ll need a few things to start making API calls with Smartcar and Postman:

Smartcar Application Configuration

If you haven’t already signed up for a Smartcar Developer account, you can do so from this signup link. Grab your Client ID and Client Secret when you sign in, and copy them to someplace secure. You’ll need those tokens a little later in this setup.

Under the Credentials tab for your application, you’ll need to add the following Redirect URIs. This will ensure that Smartcar Connect exits successfully with both Postman’s Native and Web clients.


Configuring the Connect flow in Postman

  1. Import the Smartcar collection into your local Postman workspace. Hit Import.
  2. Click Link, paste in the link to the collection and hit Continue.
  3. On the next screen, hit Import.

Through the Connect flow, you’re able to get consent from vehicle owners to connect their vehicle to your application. Postman provides an easy way to manage oAuth 2.0 flows under the Authorization tab of a Collection. Set up the Configuration Options with the following settings.

Auth URLhttps://connect.smartcar.com/oauth/authorize?approval_prompt=force&mode=simulated
Access Token URLhttps://auth.smartcar.com/oauth/token
Client IDclient_id from your Dashboard
Client Secretclient_secret from your Dashboard
ScopeA space-separated list of permissions that your application is requesting access to

If configured correctly, when you click Get New Access Token, you should see the first screen of the Connect flow. You can close out of it for now, and move on the next step.

Setting up a Simulated Vehicle

Under the Simulator tab on Dashboard, hit Add Vehicle

Select a region and MMY for your vehicle, then hit Search by MMY

After selecting Use Vehicle, you’ll want to select a state for the vehicle. After that, you’ll get a set of credentials to use in the Connect flow.

Before proceeding to the next step, you’ll want to start the simulation in the Smartcar Dashboard.

Connecting to a vehicle

Back in Postman, hit Get New Access Token.

Before hitting Continue, make sure to select a country from the dropdown appropriate to the region you selected for your simulated vehicle.

Continue through the Connect flow, select the brand of your simulated vehicle and enter in the credentials you were issued for your simulated vehicle. After accepting the permissions you’ll be met with the following screen:

Hit Use Token. You should see Access Token under Current Token populate with the access_token from the popup. Using this access_token you can make API requests to Smartcar’s API.

Access tokens are only valid for two hours. If you want to make API requests after it has expired, you’ll need to generate a new one by stepping through the Connect Flow again, or through a token refresh.

Making an API request

Thanks to Postman, requests in the collection will inherit the access_token from the OAuth 2.0 Authorization flow we went through in the steps above.

In order to make API requests, we’ll need to first get a Smartcar vehicle Id. A vehicle Id is a unique identifier for a vehicle on Smartcar’s platform.

This can be done with the All Vehicles request. Making this request will assign the vehicle Id to the {{vehicle_id}} variable for other requests in the Collection.

Now that you’ve got a vehicle Id, you can make a request to other endpoints. Hitting Vehicle Info, we can see the MMY of the vehicle.

Checking EV Battery Level, we can see the response matches the vehicle state on the simulator