I've recently been looking into a way to improve the visibility of the manually selected gear on my DSG box.
To this end, I've been speaking to a company which specialise bus interfacing, and after initial discussions, concluded that if I can get around 50 interested parties/pre-orders, they could develop a unit with the following (initial) specs, cost under £100 (estimate)
<ul type="square">[*]Small micro controller based unit, hidden away
[*]Hooks up to Driver Inforamtion System CANBus on rear of radio. And to diagnostic CANBus under the dash
[*]Adds additioanl 'features' to the Highline DIS display
[*]New options selectable from steering wheel/stalk controls
[*]Opensource firmware upgradable via optional PC interface
We will have to do a little snooping around the CANbus signals before we know what will actually be possible, but a few initial thoughts are along these lines.
<ul type="square">[*]Clearer in gear selection displayed on DIS
[*]0-60 timed runs
[*]Peak Power Indicator
[*]Diagnostics code display and reset
[*]Additional content is open to all for suggestion
Basically, the little micro controller will have access to all the data available on the diagnostic and dis buses. It can manipulate the data and present it to the driver via the DIS.
I imagine the unit would be suitable for the entire mkv range (with highline computer???) as well as many audi.
Now the question is, do you guys think there would be enough interest to take this project forward?
Thanks for reading