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    Vehicle Maintenence Plugin

    I've developed a standalone maintenance tracker application and im considering porting it over to an RR plugin (long overdue IMHO). The standalone works by calculating the distance between GPS coordinates which calculates the total distance traveled, then weighs that figure against his preset maintenance intervals. Im surprised to say the distance calculation works very well! I've tested it over the last few days side by side with iGuidance and the distances are spot on. Finishing the application should be a matter of using a timer to calculate the difference between the interval value and distance value.. but while i'm still tinkering with distance calculation i'm curious to see if anyone can think of any other potential uses for it.

    https://autoappmart.com/products/RRV...aintenance_137

    EDIT 1/14/11: The future of RRVehicleMaintenance

    Over the past 2 years RRVM has grown far behind my initial ideas for it. Thanks to community suggestions and testers we're at the point where the core of the plugin is pretty stable and we're ready to move on. Among the features in the latest version (not yet available) are:
    -Maintenance,Fuel Log, and History have been converted to XML format (I will create an INI to XML converter for use with existing stuff
    -Over 60 bug fixes
    -RRVM will now work with international units for distance and capacity
    -RRVM can now work with a standalone gps unit on top of using RR's GPS data
    -RRVM will implement OBD support including check engine indicator status
    -Pro Mode

    Pro Mode will be a premium version of RRVM and will offer several short and long term benefits over the free version. These benefits include:
    -All RRVM user-data will be automatically backed up to server (requires at least temporary internet connection)
    -Users will be able to use a web browser to view, and update RRVM user-data
    -Users will be able to view/compare data with the data from other pro users. This will allow comparison of maintenance costs, MPG data, and more. RRVM will share a database with CFVehicleMaintenance for more data share
    -On top of web site access, users will be able to download an Android application for quick and easy access to data. Apple iPod app may follow
    -New improved and user-configurable extended vehicle history reports with all existing data, any check engine codes and meanings, and user-configured OBD data
    -Different vehicle "Profiles" available. So you can track multiple vehicles with one account.

    There is no pricing available for Pro Mode at this time. No ETA for Pro Mode yet either, but i will say there are people testing some of the database feautures now.

    EDIT 2/18/11

    RRVehicleMaintenance version 2.0.2 is released. Thanks to mitchjs for the installer script, and thanks goes to Barnyard for several days of testing the fuel and import fuctions for me

    Some information regarding release.

    -All "free mode" features with the exception of OBD support are tested and working. OBD support is taking me some time because the conversion from vb6 to .net.
    -*IMPORTANT*If you are running a previous version of RRVM and use maintenance tracker.ini or fuel log.ini, RRVM upon loading will convert those ini files to the current .xml formatting. It is advised you keep a backup copy of maintenance tracker.ini and fuel log.ini in case the import fails, as these files will be deleted!
    -MPG data will be compiled solely of data from the fuel log. There will be no more inaccurate "instant" fuel log estimates.
    -The data files used by RRVM are installed in the proper data folder instead of the plugin folder for people using "profile mode" RR.

    I'm sure more things will pop up as we go along so check this post regularly for more details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    I've developed a standalone maintenance tracker application and im considering porting it over to an RR plugin (long overdue IMHO). The standalone works by calculating the distance between GPS coordinates which calculates the total distance traveled, then weighs that figure against his preset maintenance intervals. Im surprised to say the distance calculation works very well! I've tested it over the last few days side by side with iGuidance and the distances are spot on. Finishing the application should be a matter of using a timer to calculate the difference between the interval value and distance value.. but while i'm still tinkering with distance calculation i'm curious to see if anyone can think of any other potential uses for it.
    I've been thinking about a similar thing!

    You could combine this with the notifications from (I think) RRExtended and pop up reminders when you need to get an oil change, etc.

    Are you calculating the distance based on the GPS coordinates every minute or so?

    Edit: just re-read your post and seems that's exactly what you had in mind... In either case, this would be a welcome addition to RR, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spamminator View Post
    I've been thinking about a similar thing!

    You could combine this with the notifications from (I think) RRExtended and pop up reminders when you need to get an oil change, etc.

    Are you calculating the distance based on the GPS coordinates every minute or so?

    Edit: just re-read your post and seems that's exactly what you had in mind... In either case, this would be a welcome addition to RR, I think.
    i've been calculating once per second as thats the frequency the gps updates its position.
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    Here's a screenshot of my maintenance plugin i threw some time into today. in this example i set my oil change interval to 5 miles. the content in the message box is pulled from an .ini file thats formatted like so.
    Code:
    /USER CONFIGURABLE SETTINGS
    /<ITEM#>=<NAME>,<MILEAGE INTERVAL>,<TIME INTERVAL (DAYS)>,<COST(WITHOUT'$')>,<NOTES>
    Maintenance1=Oil Change;5;180;17.50;Use 5W-30
    Maintenance2=Air Filter;12000;360;12.00;Check cabin filter
    You can see at the top of the shot the total distance is 5.97 miles traveling, thus i got a warning letting me know i was .9 over my oil change interval. Once complete, the plugin will allow you to add maintenance items at runtime and view each item in list form. Selecting an item in list will show you the details from the ini along with handy labels for distance to interval, last "change" date, and time remaining.

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    an other idea is to use the distance calculation for a tripmaster
    i have a tripmaster in my car now which i use with 4x4 trips
    it can measure 4 different distances
    totall of the day
    totall of the trip
    totall between two waypoints
    and one to spare
    and they can be set zero with one touch on a button

    i tried to use milage but somehow i cant get it running
    i like the idea that the tripmaster is integrated in the computer
    it will clean up my dashboard
    and it is easyer to get external sigals trigger one of the meters
    i tried with milage to let one counter automaticly count the kilometers driven in 4x4 by using the signal of the 4x4 light in the dashboard

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    This is great. Add a tire rotation reminder too! Ultimately, some nice little oil-can and tire icons in the skin that turn red or blink when it is time for service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingtvis View Post
    an other idea is to use the distance calculation for a tripmaster
    i have a tripmaster in my car now which i use with 4x4 trips
    it can measure 4 different distances
    totall of the day
    totall of the trip
    totall between two waypoints
    and one to spare
    and they can be set zero with one touch on a button

    i tried to use milage but somehow i cant get it running
    i like the idea that the tripmaster is integrated in the computer
    it will clean up my dashboard
    and it is easyer to get external sigals trigger one of the meters
    i tried with milage to let one counter automaticly count the kilometers driven in 4x4 by using the signal of the 4x4 light in the dashboard
    already calculating trip distance... dont see why waypoint calculator cant be added with a command to set waypoint A and B
    Quote Originally Posted by BusterGroove View Post
    This is great. Add a tire rotation reminder too! Ultimately, some nice little oil-can and tire icons in the skin that turn red or blink when it is time for service.
    You set the reminders you wish to use as well as the intervals. At this point it accepts up to 50 maintence items and that is easily expandable. what i can do is have each maintenance item have an indicator with 3 user-definable images...good, warning, and exceeded that will be based on the intervals current status. Sorta the same way i did the traffic details plugin forever ago for you old bodies
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    went ahead and changed the thread title to where this is going. Here's a screenshot of the plugin in action with its full capability.



    the icons next to the list items are a quick view status indicator for each maintenance item. The screen shot indicates its very close to time to change my oil. This is based on the fact that the time remaining label is 0 days and the oil change interval displayed is 1 day(if time interval is less than 80% of number of days counted the orange alert occurs). If it were tomorrow the icon next to Oil Change would change to a red one indicating it need be changed NOW! There will also be a popup skin that will show once daily if the status is orange or red. Popup will give you the option to snooze the warning for a day, or tell the plugin the oil change is done... thus resetting the time remaining and mileage remaining.

    The way point feature is not shown in use but its working. Basically you hit the "Add Point" button then the waypoint mileage starts tracking. Hitting the add point button again stops the tracker and saves the resulting mileage to an .ini file for later retrieval. Hitting the button a third time starts the process all over

    Last thing for me to do is add the ability to add items from within RR. This will require multiple OSK popups but in the end it'll be easier than opening the .ini everytime u want to change something.
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    Awesome!

    I'm wondering if MPG calculations couldn't be rolled into this as well. Basically, hit a button to "add gas" then type in how many gallons and at what price. The plugin knows how far you've gone since the last fill-up, so it could tell you your average MPG (for those without an OBD2 connection to the PC). Heck, it could remember the last 100 fillups and give you a nice graph of your MPG over the last XXX miles or YYY months, if we wanted to get adventurous....

    I think the other trip meter/milege calculator did something similar, but I could never got it to work right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spamminator View Post
    Awesome!

    I'm wondering if MPG calculations couldn't be rolled into this as well. Basically, hit a button to "add gas" then type in how many gallons and at what price. The plugin knows how far you've gone since the last fill-up, so it could tell you your average MPG (for those without an OBD2 connection to the PC). Heck, it could remember the last 100 fillups and give you a nice graph of your MPG over the last XXX miles or YYY months, if we wanted to get adventurous....

    I think the other trip meter/milege calculator did something similar, but I could never got it to work right...
    I like graphs!
    Personally I like a cost/mile ratio over time graph. With the fluctuation in gas price, it helps me keep track of what I'm actually spending for every mile I drive.

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