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Old 07-08-2014, 03:53 AM   #1
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'Sup everyone! We made an Android app called Carista OBD2 that allows you to change your own customizable settings on your A5. That includes the "dealer-only" settings like windows up/down via remote, parking sensor tones, coming-home lights, etc. (see list below). Carista can also do Audi-specific diagnostics of all computers in the car (incl. ABS, airbag, navigation, etc.). The app runs on Android phones and tablets; we're starting development on an iOS version now.

Just wanted to tell you guys that this app exists. You can play with your car's settings as much as you want with it. It's not free: it costs $19.99 for the Pro Package, which gives you the ability to change settings and do Audi-specific diagnostics. Once you buy it, you have unlimited access to changing settings and doing diagnostics as many times as you want on as many cars as you want (incl. supported VW, Audi, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models). The app lets you see what customization settings are available on your specific car before you buy the Pro Package.

The hardware that you need is a generic ELM327 Bluetooth dongle ($10ish) that plugs into the diagnostic port inside the car, under the dash. See some examples here.

So the total cost is around $30 for unlimited use. Compare that to going to a dealer ONCE or buying expensive computer software and cables and lugging a laptop around.



Here's a sample customization (adaptation) list from a user's 2009 Audi S5 (Canadian model). Your settings may vary depending on equipment and market. Note that we do not yet support "coding", just "adaptations"; however, we're working on adding coding as an option and it will come as a free update to existing customers.


Doors / Windows / Remote:

Unlock doors via smart key (door handle button)
DRIVER'S DOOR ON 1ST PRESS, ALL ON 2ND / ALL DOORS ON 1ST PRESS

Auto-lock trunk when moving
YES / NO

Blink turn signals and beep when unlocking doors
YES / NO

Blink turn signals when opening/closing windows with remote
YES / NO

Close windows via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Open windows via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Close sunroof via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Open sunroof via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Sunroof action when opening via remote
SLIDE / TILT

Open/close only driver's window via remote or key
YES / NO

Close windows via smart key
YES / NO

Close sunroof via smart key
YES / NO

Open windows by holding key in door lock
YES / NO

Open sunroof by holding key in door lock
YES / NO

Close windows by holding key in door lock
YES / NO

Close sunroof by holding key in door lock
YES / NO

Close convertible roof via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Close convertible roof by holding key in door lock
YES / NO

Close convertible roof via smart key
YES / NO

Open convertible roof via long-press on remote
YES / NO

Open convertible roof by holding key in door lock
YES / NO


Instruments / Display / Dings:

Rear parking sensor beep volume
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / MAX

Rear parking sensor beep tone
TYPE 1 / TYPE 2 / TYPE 3 / TYPE 4 / TYPE 5 / TYPE 6 / TYPE 7 / TYPE 8 / TYPE 9

Front parking sensor beep volume
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / MAX

Front parking sensor beep tone
TYPE 1 / TYPE 2 / TYPE 3 / TYPE 4 / TYPE 5 / TYPE 6 / TYPE 7 / TYPE 8 / TYPE 9

Efficiency drive display
ENABLED / DISABLED


Lights:

Coming-home lights duration
10 SECONDS / 20 SECONDS / 30 SECONDS / 40 SECONDS / 50 SECONDS / 60 SECONDS

Leaving-home lights
ENABLED / DISABLED

Ambient light threshold for leaving-home lights
0 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Lower headlights for traveling to RHD/LHD country
YES / NO


Other:

Auto-enable rear wiper when front wipers on and reverse gear engaged
YES / NO
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does it work on the RS5
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Can you set the one touch up and down for the top?
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Is there an app for the IPHONE 5s? Or is is only for Andriod?
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does it work on the RS5
Yes, definitely.

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Can you set the one touch up and down for the top?
You can set it to comfort-close the convertible top when you hold down the lock button on the remote - is that what you were referring to? However, if that setting is disabled by "coding", then changing the "adaptation" with Carista will not do anything. If you're not sure, PM me and I'll give you a free trial. For everyone's reference, we're working on adding the ability to change "coding" with Carista as well.

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Right now it's just for Android. We're just starting to work on an iPhone version of the app now... so it'll probably take at least a few months to get it released. Might have a beta-test version available sooner, but I don't want to make any promises quite yet.
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Coding capabilities are coming soon. Anyone interested in beta-testing them? (free of charge, of course)
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Coding capabilities are coming soon. Anyone interested in beta-testing them? (free of charge, of course)
Any chance you can add "Voice Control On/Off". It gets disabled on the Cabriolet's by default in the US and there are tons of requests to turn it on.
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I would definitely be interested in testing for you. I have an iPhone 5s with an Audi a5 cabrio 2013. Please pm me. Thanks.
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I would be interested in beta testing the IOS version when it comes out. Please PM me if interested, I have an Audi RS5 and an Audi Q5
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Coding capabilities are coming soon. Anyone interested in beta-testing them? (free of charge, of course)
Will be interesting. Now use an expensive VAGCOM cable with VCDS, but using it wireless with a smartphone/tablet would be great!

Have Android device(s) for testing (have long list of code changes I use).
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I would be interested in Beta testing iOS version - I have Audi Q5, Lexus IS
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what about resetting service reminders and adjusting the DRL intensity?
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Will be interesting. Now use an expensive VAGCOM cable with VCDS, but using it wireless with a smartphone/tablet would be great!

Have Android device(s) for testing (have long list of code changes I use).
Any news about this? Already have a BT ODBII adapter, so can not wait to test it!
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Cool, thanks for the willingness to help, guys! We're not yet ready with a beta version that supports coding, but it's coming up very, very soon. Most likely this coming week. I'll post here when it's ready and I'll give you instructions on how to get the beta version.

About DRL intensity: that will be possible with coding. Service reminders: we're working on it; won't be in the initial beta.
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I have a 2008 s5 with bulb taillights, can this app code US rear signal lights to EU spec signal light? US has the whole brake light blinking while EU uses the clear corners for signaling. currently those corners are used as reverse lights.
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does the app also have a list of codes or an how-to guide for getting this going for noobies like myself?
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I have a 2008 s5 with bulb taillights, can this app code US rear signal lights to EU spec signal light? US has the whole brake light blinking while EU uses the clear corners for signaling. currently those corners are used as reverse lights.
I don't know yet, but once we implement the coding options, I'll be able to tell you. If the car supports such coding, then Carista should be able to offer it as an option.

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Here's the best part: you don't need a how-to guide One of the key goals with this app was to provide the simplest and cleanest possible interface, such that any driver, without any technical training or know-how would be able to pick up the app and use it. Running diagnostics is a one-click action. Changing a settings requires 2 clicks to get into the list of settings and then 3 clicks for each setting change. That's it. Look at our screenshots in Google Play Store and you'll get the idea.

Also, once you're connected to your car, you can see all settings that are available for it BEFORE you purchase the Pro Package. So if you have the Bluetooth device, just go ahead and try it. If you don't, well, I recommend getting one of those devices anyway - they're useful for any driver and there are lots of apps that can do cool things with it even if you decide not to use Carista.
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Well, I have one of
these these
coming in from Amazon in an estimated 17 - 28 days, then I'll buy the app and reply to the thread. Has anyone used the app yet? How goes it?

And yeah, uh, 17-28 days of shipping. I think someone is walking it over from China (or wherever it is manufactured) hehehe
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Well, I have one of these coming in from Amazon in an estimated 17 - 28 days, then I'll buy the app and reply to the thread. Has anyone used the app yet? How goes it?

And yeah, uh, 17-28 days of shipping. I think someone is walking it over from China (or wherever it is manufactured) hehehe
Damn, 17-28 days? Coulda gotten one from within Canada or the US for about the same price, I would think... Anyway, let us know how it goes. I'm available to help if you need any info or run into issues.

About whether it works... I'll let other forum members answer that. Also, check our reviews on Google Play Store.
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I have a 2008 s5 with bulb taillights, can this app code US rear signal lights to EU spec signal light? US has the whole brake light blinking while EU uses the clear corners for signaling. currently those corners are used as reverse lights.
this requires security login to be able to access those channels.
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