IROAD’S New OBD Cable: What Does it Mean?

We are excited to announce that IROAD is now offering an ODB installation cable, which is great news – but how is this important? Well, to understand why this matters we need to look at the current available options and their restrictions. Not only does OBD connectivity increase the list of possible vehicles with access to Parking Mode but it also provides one more way for you to get a clean and simple installation that will professionally installed.

The current available en masse hardwire technology that enables parking mode is primarily through direct hardwiring, which involves wrapping wires around fuses in the vehicle’s fuse box or through fuse taps. While there isn’t anything wrong with these methods, they require a certain level of handiness. The installation of a hardwire kit can be very intimidating for even a mildly seasoned DIYer but fortunately there are plenty of guides and walkthroughs that make the whole process less painful. However, even following these walkthroughs people can, and do, make mistakes and, what’s further, newer electric vehicles like some Tesla models don’t even allow for a traditional fuse-based hardwire installation. Of course, a solution to this is to equip a dash cam battery pack but that is also an expensive investment.

The benefits of the OBD installation over the traditional fuse hardwire method is pretty significant. Probably the most impactful is the simplicity of the installation because every vehicle since 1996 has an OBD2 port that matches the plug that IROAD has created. This makes it a simple plug and play system to attain parking mode. Additionally to the universal nature of this plug is that it can easily be unplugged and stored away. Finally, having a solution like this also allows a dash cam to be painlessly installed in every vehicle without risk of damaging your vehicle and voiding your warranty. It doesn’t matter if you drive a gas, hybrid, or electric vehicle because IROAD has come out with the perfect solution for you!

Once installed, the dash cam (in this case the IROAD X9) will be able to utilize the parking mode features. Parking mode allows the dash camera to access a very light power draw on the vehicle’s battery so that the dash cam can record even while the vehicle is off. This is a massive benefit to protecting your property and your wallet, allowing you to record the details of an incident without a he-said or she-said situation. All around the world dash cameras are used as a silent witness to protect against fraud and insurance companies. They also have the added bonus of capturing the madness we see every day!