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ABRP asked for permission to use bluetooth on iPhone

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I have not run ABRP in a few weeks, and today I started it on my iPhone (accidentally if truth be told) and it asked for permission to use Bluetooth to connect to my car.

Are my eyes deceiving me?  Is the latest ABRP actually able to connect to (something) on the car to get data?  That would be a bit whoo hoo.  However, the latest version has  nothing like that on the release notes.  Any thoughts what new feature might be here that needs BT?

 

<Waiting breathlessly!>

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@BarryH, I'm not sure if this was an answer to my question, or a request for info or...?  If it was a request I should have said this before:  I have a 2019 Bolt, currently using EVNotify--both ABRP and EVNotify on an iPhone.   I use a bluetooth OBD device.  But of course the way I am using it, only EVNotify is using Bluetooth.  That's why I wonder what is new that caused ABRP to ask.

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Spoilers! We've been working on adding BLE OBD support to the app, and the permissions update accidentally made it into the latest release.  We're not quite ready to release the OBD support just yet, but it's coming soon!  If you want to be ready you could buy a BLE OBD dongle (I like my OBDLink CX quite a lot, secure and seems quite robust).

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Thank you very much for working on the direct connection to OBD2.  In addition to saving data, this is the biggest improvement I could imagine could be made to ABRP.  I travel in places with no cell signal and sometimes no GPS.  In addition, the remote connection through Torque is fragile at best.  Please let  us know what we can do to help you implement this change and again, we thank you very much for undertaking what it takes in making this improvement.

 

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18 hours ago, Jason-ABRP said:

@Xtopher - yes we do testflight testing internally, what car do you have that you could test with? Feel free to shoot myself or Samuel a PM to get configured.

If you search iOS Testers for Skoda Enyaq (MEB, ID3,4, Cupra Born) I can help. OBD2 Adapter exists and works with Carscanner Pro over BTLE.

Would be nice to show the Battery Temperature in ABRP as well as it would be useful to warm up on highway before charge. Also you could get better estimates for charging time.

 

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I would also welcome the opportunity to test a direct connection between the OBD2 and ABRP.  I drive a 2018 Chevy Bolt a LX101 Bluetooth dongle and can use either the Android or iPad versions of ABRP.  I can be reached via cell phone or text at 540 440-0308 and drive about 500 miles a week.  Much of my driving is in rural areas with spotty data connections and the move to a direct connection between ABRP and the OBD2 reader is very much appreciated.

 

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On 12/17/2021 at 9:02 PM, Jason-ABRP said:

@Xtopher - yes we do testflight testing internally, what car do you have that you could test with? Feel free to shoot myself or Samuel a PM to get configured.

Sounds good. I have an Enyaq and would be happy to try and get OBD dongle like Waldmensch, but currently run with Tronity which I think will be popular with MEB cars so will be good for testing. Work in s/w engineering/integration so know plenty about how things hang together so can hopefully provide you a good perspective, especially from the UK. 

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I see that the OBD functionality is now listed in the main app, which is great! This will make ABRP my primary routing app in my Renault Zoe. Thank you for your work on this!

I'm currently unable to make the app 'see' my existing OBD device, which is a shame. The device is the LELink OBD2, which is the device recommended within the CanZE app for iOS for use on the Renault Zoe. The device is connecting as expected within the CanZE app, but it doesn't appear in ABRP. Is this because the feature isn't quite ready yet?

It would be great to get this specific device supported by ABRP—as I imagine it might be owned by many iOS-using Renault Zoe owners already—although I'm certainly not averse to buying a new device which will work.

EDIT: I'm happy to carry out any specific TestFlight testing for you, if it will help.

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On 12/15/2021 at 9:27 PM, Jason-ABRP said:

If you want to be ready you could buy a BLE OBD dongle (I like my OBDLink CX quite a lot, secure and seems quite robust).

Does OBDLink CX work with all modern car models like Hyundai Ioniq or only with models from BMW, Mini and Toyota?

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It works with every car with an OBD interface (which should be every car manufactured these days). However we do not have commands for every existing car to get the relevant data, so the question is more if we support a car, that you want to have supported.

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We will implement any vehicle where we can find OBD data for and that have a reasonable amount of users. EQ models definitely are interesting for us. However I could not find any OBD commands publicly available for EQ models. If you know of any projects that provide them let us know and we will add them.

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