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Drive Add-Ins

Geotab Drive Add-Ins are in preview release and subject to change_


The MyGeotab Add-In structure can be applied to the Geotab Drive application as well, providing you the ability to extend the functionality for drivers in an environment with sensors (e.g. geolocation and acceleration) and actuators (e.g. voice alerts and notifications). This environment must also be completely operable in an offline state — so your Add-In must be able to handle having no internet connection, or sleeping in the background of the mobile device.

Please read the Developing Add-Ins guide first before attempting a Geotab Drive Add-In.

All Add-Ins that have been designed to work with MyGeotab will work on the Geotab Drive app as well. Your Add-In will be completely downloaded for all referenced links, images, and scripts upon user login. This way, as the user is authenticated over the internet — they will have your Add-In with them as they travel or disconnect from the network. If your Add-In requires dynamic loading of CSS, images, or JavaScript — these requests will fail if the user does not have a network connection. As such you should either: include all dependencies on creation of the Add-In, explicitly link to them, or provide a fallback if state.online returns False. Geotab Drive Add-Ins will also display differently, on both the dashboard and the menu.

To make an Add-In on the Geotab Drive app, the item in your configuration file must have a path that equals “ DriveAppLink/” (including a trailing forward slash). The menuName, url, and version will remain unchanged. For example:

Listing 1 — Geotab Drive “item” configuration

"items": [{
 "version": "1.0",
 "url": "addinFile.html",
 "path": "DriveAppLink/",
 "menuName": {
  "en": "English Label",
  "fr": "French Label"

The array of items also allows you to have one link item in MyGeotab, and another link item to Geotab Drive

API and State Documentation

Inside the Geotab Drive app, we provide the same api and state properties for your initialize method that we do for our normal Add-Ins. In addition to this, we provide you with properties and methods to allow access to mobile device sensors/actuators. See Table 1 below for a list of the properties and methods provided.

Table 1 — Geotab Drive additional properties and methods

 DescriptionParametersReturn Type
api.mobile.exists()Returns true if Geotab Drive is running within a native application, and false if just as a HTML5 web applicationNoneBoolean
api.mobile.getVersion()If api.mobile.exists(), gets the Geotab Drive version from the native applicationNoneString
api.mobile.speak()If api.mobile.exists(), uses the text to speech functionality on the mobile deviceStringVoid
api.mobile.notify()If api.mobile.exists(), will add a notification to the top bar of a native operating system Example: api.mobile.notify("Fill up your vehicle", "Low on gas")String[Message], String[Title], String[Id], [String[JsonData]], [Boolean[Permanent]]Void
api.mobile.geolocationA navigator object that is similar to HTML5 navigator.geolocation Example: api.mobile.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(function (position) { }, function (error) { }, { enableHighAccuracy: true })NoneNone
state.deviceGet the current vehicle that is being connected to the mobile deviceNoneString
state.drivingMobile device is detected as driving with the current vehicleNoneBoolean
state.chargingMobile device is being poweredNoneBoolean
state.backgroundGeotab Drive application is running in the backgroundNoneBoolean
state.onlineMobile device has internet accessNoneBoolean
state.deviceCommunicatingTelematics device is communicating to the serverNoneBoolean
state.gpsConnectedMobile device has GPS enabledNoneBoolean

Opening third-party applications using URI schema

Drive app v4.1.0+

It’s possible to open different applications like prontoforms or native calendar from add-ins. To do so, it’s important to construct correct URI schema string and pass it to `window.open. For example:

window.open(uriSchemaString, "_system")

Make sure to read carefully documentation of the app you’re trying to open to use correct schema. For example, to open twitter application from addin you should use:

window.open("twitter://messages", "_system")

You can’t use just twitter:// as it’s not correct and app won’t open. You need to specify which page you want to open: messages, account etc.

To open webpage you need to use the same method, but with this notation:

window.open("https://google.com", "_blank")

_blank is important, especially for iOS devices