Recurrent Motors Inc, is a startup funded by investors funded by investors including Wireframe Ventures, Pioneer Square Labs Ventures and Powerhouse Ventures. We provide vehicle and battery analysis reports for used electric vehicles to provide prospective buyers with the transparency and confidence they need to buy used EVs.
Smartcar is a third-party data service that enables Recurrent to connect to your car. They use industry-standard end-to-end 256-bit encryption to ensure that your vehicle data and credentials are transmitted securely. Smartcar securely handles and encrypts your login credentials and does not share them with Recurrent. Recurrent is only granted the ability to access the data listed on the permissions page during the connection process.
Once you authenticate your vehicle, Recurrent will be able to connect directly to your vehicle to request specific data: VIN, current odometer, current state of charge, current charging status and current range estimate. Recurrent will typically make these data requests 1-3 times per day to build up a historical profile.
EV batteries last for a long time, but like your iPhone, their capacity fades over time. Complex factors like temperature, age, cycle count, charging type, driving style, battery chemistry and layout, influence how that occurs. It’s not just the odometer, like it is with combustion engine vehicles. We’ll help prospective used EV buyers get comfortable with the idea of purchasing a battery that has been used by giving them transparency. To do that, we need your help. We’re aggregating data from 1000’s of vehicles across all manufacturers to create predictive algorithms for any car’s future battery life.
This process uses the credentials you provide to your car’s connected services account (such as Nissan Connect EV, BMW ConnectedDrive, Tesla’s API, etc). Once you authenticate your car, you will be presented with the limited list of data that Recurrent will be allowed to access. This is a similar connection and granular permissions approach used by other popular third party apps (e.g. Remote for Tesla and TeslaStats). After accepting the permissions page, you’re finished and will receive a confirmation email from Recurrent. You don’t need to do anything else to continue data sharing on an ongoing basis.
You can disconnect and revoke your authorization at any time by visiting our Disconnect page. We won’t be able to send you monthly battery comparison reports if we can’t continue to observe your battery.
Your credentials are not stored by Recurrent or Smartcar. They are used only once to generate a unique authorization token via an industry-standard protocol known as OAuth 2.0. This token is then used by Recurrent for all future data requests. Your credentials and authorization token are always transmitted using end-to-end 256-bit encryption.
The data collected for monthly battery reports is about your vehicle, not about you. As part of the signup process, we ask for your home zip code to determine the temperatures your vehicle is exposed to — that’s important information for battery health analysis. But we do not track where you’re driving, just the battery’s state and your overall mileage. As a part of our data science work, your vehicle’s data will only be used in aggregate to train a machine learning model used to score EVs that are listed for sale. Your vehicle’s data will never be used or disseminated individually without your permission.