Release Notes December 2019
December Release of AutoPi - Torque app support, DBC file upload, improved CAN Analyzer and sleep timer management
We have pushed a new release on the 4th of December 2019, and here you can read more about the highlights of newest functionality.
Connect your AutoPi with mobile apps:
This month, we have brought you ELM327 proxy to support 3rd party mobile apps like Torque Lite/Pro on Android or Car Scanner on iOS. It is an easy way to display your AutoPi data on your mobile phone and gain in vehicle visualisation from your favorite app.
AutoPi has already provided Can Analyzer features, but with this latest update we have added major improvement to the CAN Analyzer. Now you can connect your CAN data and trace, decode or plot CAN messages and signals the way it actually brings you value, in an easy and convenient way.
Import DBC, KCD, ArXML, Sym and CDD files:
CAN Massages can contain several data values and signals and it can be hard to try manually decode the data. Now AutoPi dashboard has the ability to upload DBC, KCD, ArXML, Sym and CDD files, so it makes it easier and faster to develop new functionalities for your car, importing the specifications from well-known sources.
Sleep Timer Management:
For those who are trying to debug or develop new features on their AutoPi, sleep timer may have caused some trouble, that is why we have now added new support for displaying and postponing sleep timer so it is easier for you to control and manage when your device goes to sleep. It leaves more time to focus on development.
Added new sidebar tab:
Our dashboard management now gives you extra control over the visibility of pending changes for your device. We’ve added a nice new area for you to monitor and view all changes not synced to your device yet, making it easier to understand the behaviour of your device. We also added new capabilities to sync all your pending changes at once to make it easier for you to keep track of everything.
Enable/Disable bluetooth on device
We are investing in approaches to make AutoPi highly customizable and we wanted to make sure that bluetooth connectivity is also depending on user preferences, so we added bluetooth enable or disable settings on the device. Now you can control whether you want to take usage of your bluetooth network or not.
There are a bunch of exciting features we have been developing and these are only the highlights of the release. To see the full list, you can visit our community site at: https://community.autopi.io/t/software-update-on-the-4th-of-december-torque-app-support-dbc-file-upload-improved-can-analyzer-and-sleep-timer-management/1651
Other blog posts for further reading
Using a Raspberry Pi Zero as an IoT platform for your car
Internet of Things (IoT) is a popular buzzword in the tech/gadget community. The concept is that all the devices in our everyday life can be online/connected to the Internet 24/7, and thereby help to improve and make our lives more efficient. This includes our light bulbs, kitchen appliances, TVs, alarm and heating systems etc. All our "things" should be able to communicate with each other and be controlled from everywhere in order to achieve a more efficient and convenient world for us to live in.
Build your own Black Ice Detection system for your car using AutoPi
The term “Black ice” refer to a winter phenomenon, where a layer of ice on the road is so thin it becomes transparent and thus appears “black” from the road below. This is a very common situation during winter times and can create hazardous situations for vehicles and pedestrians. The phenomenon often occurs when the temperature is right around freezing point and when a light rain hits a road surface which is below freezing point.
Fleet Management: Use your AutoPi to manage multiple vehicles
Fleet-sharing is not a new phenomenon, from small and big companies, like UPS, to government and state organizations, like the postal service, have all had corporate vehicles given out to their employees as part of their ‘fleets’. These vehicles are corporate or governmentally owned and thus the fleet of vehicles differs from trucks and vans for the postal service to sleek, electric and modern vehicles for corporations with a variety of options whereas the postal service is all uniformed and equally the same vehicles.