10
Jan
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It's not unheard of for tuners to throw a small PC into a car (commonly called a "carputer" in the industry). It's a lot less common for Android to appear in cars, though it does happen - GM has considered using it to power OnStar and has a Volt app, while the Roewe 350 rocks Android in a pretty hardcore way. We've yet to hear of aftermarket tuners taking advantage of Android - until now, that is. Chip tuner Superchips has released what appears to be custom software built on Android and running on the Archos 43.

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The results are impressive, especially considering this is the first we're seeing of Android making its way into a device like this. They've carried all the GPS, audio/video, and gaming capabilities of Android, and thrown in:

  • Chip (ECU) tuning
  • Gauges
  • Inclinometer/G-Force meter
  • Maintenance tracking
  • Backup camera support

There's no word on price or release date, but for other details, hit up the source link.

[Source: Superchips, thanks for the tip Eric A.]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Eric A.

    Thanks Aaron! Glad I could help. The tuner looks pretty impressive with all of the options and features it offers running the Android system.

  • Rich

    While I am all for the spreading of Android, this means very little. I own a "tuner" shop that does high end and high power tuning. Without actually getting my hands I would bet this is equivalent to a rom on top of Android to make it seem like a real fully customizable ECU (electronic control unit). It is little more than a gimmick to appease the people that actually buy Superchips' products. Their customers want to think they are advanced and know a lot about the products they buy, but area actually on the lower end of the spectrum and I would place them below "amateur" as it is unlikely they do any actual work on their car.

    Supechips' products use preloaded tuning maps to adjust the power production for the minimum gains possible. They are, for lack of a better term, the WalMart brand of tuning.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Out of curiosity, what shop do you own, and what kind of cars do you work on?

      If you're not down with sharing publicly, feel free to email me (aaron@androidpolice.com). Thanks :)

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    There are those that would gladly take this for what it is; the ability to modify how your vehicle performs without having to use a dyno and pay big bucks to get better performance. As an amateur tuner, I would much rather see people use this than ruin their engine experimenting with things they don't understand. When I want to tweek my ECU for top performance, I get professional help, when I just want better performance I will do it myself with whatever method I am comfortable with.

    Just my 2 cents. There is a place for your services, and there is a place for theirs.

  • Michael

    I'll stick with my DiabloSport Predator for tuning my Challenger, and Torque on the market + ebay bluetooth OBD2 adaptor lets me create all the gauges I need.

  • OFI

    Michael how has your experience been with Torque and the eBay OBDII Dongles?

    I was interested in getting this myself but then started to read of many people have frequent problems with the OBDII Dongles unless they spent lots more on the branded ones.

  • Mike

    I used to used Superchips before I needed custom tuning for my truck with my wild combos under the hood. Now Diablo does my tuning with the Trinity.

    But I also have Torque on my DX and have been looking at those cheap ebay BT OBDII adapters (CAN-BUS) and have been thinking of getting one. With the Trinity I really dont need one but more eye candy is always a plus IMO