Android App v3.2.2 released to Google Play

The latest v3.2.2 of the Android App has been released to google play. This version sees us switch to use google play services and v2 of the maps api. It also sees the integration of Open Charge Map released to everyone. Finally, the server to be used is now configurable on a per-vehicle basis (and defaults to tmc.openvehicles.com).

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.openvehicles.OVMS

v2.6.5 Firmware

Vehicle firmware v2.6.5 has been pushed to github. It is tagged (as v2.6.5) and we have uploaded pre-built .hex files in the vehicle/firmware directory.

New Github Location

Github now has a 'Organisations' feature that seems better suited to what we are doing.

Sharing Public Charging Data

I’ve always been interested in the possible uses of OVMS for the greater good of the EV community, and to assist with the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles. The anonymised Tesla Roadster charging records we provided to Tom Saxton for his work on a Charge Time Predictor for these cars showed how beautifully such information sharing can work.

Open Vehicles Android App - Open Charge Map

A good day.

OVMS Android App v3.2.1 is now released to beta test. You can get it from testflightapp:

http://tflig.ht/v8INxA

We’re using TestFlightApp for both iOS and Android Apps, so it would be helpful if you could register there. If you do, you’ll get notified of new builds as and when they are released.

As with the iOS App, we’ve had sponsorship and support from Zero Carbon World for this:

The importance of Telematics

Dennis reflects on over twenty months of driving electric vehicles (EVs), and thinks about the advantages that EVs have over internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.

Homelink Bug Side-Effects

Homelink is a standard for wireless remote activation. It is usually used to remotely open garage doors and gates. Most modern vehicles include a homelink remote in the car somewhere (either as an option, standard equipment, or OEM addition).

As you approach your gate, you press one of three homelink buttons, and the gate conveniently opens to allow your vehicle in. The problem is one of range. When you press the button it often works for only a second or so - if the homelink receiver is not in range, the gate will not open, and you need to drive closer before trying again.

Fun With Nikki And OVMS

Nikki owned a Renault Twizy, into which she installed OVMS.

( She has extensively documented the OVMS kit and how to install it in a Twizy on behalf of Zero Carbon World, so go and read this article if you’re curious on how to do it yourself - http://zerocarbonworld.org/electric-vehicles/how-to-give-your-renault-tw... )

Connecting the Twizy

A post on the twizyowners forum about timed charging the Twizy triggered Pieter to document his recent progress in Twizy and home automation hacking. In his post, he explains how he connected his Twizy to his home automation system, and controlled charging of the Twizy.

Happy Birthday, Open Vehicles

The OVMS github repository was created two years ago, on 2nd November 2011. Since then, there have been 845 commits to the repository, two sub-repositories created (for the iOS and Android Apps), a side-project spun off (CAN-RE-TOOL), and a whole lot of fun.

To celebrate this, we are going to be publishing some 'stories of OVMS' - highlighting some of the more inventive ways people are using OVMS. A lot of tinkering, hacking, and gluing together different frameworks.

If anyone has any story to share, please send it in. The more, the merrier.

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