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That is neat! Can you figure out how to swap the paddles? I'd like my HILL MODE on the left (so that when I drive 1-handed I can signal and "down shift" (which I do frequently) all with the left hand. And, put the rarely used Sport Mode control on the right -- which is the hand I use to mess with the screen/sip a drink/hold hands/etc ... and sometimes have trouble downshifting for max battery regen braking because my left hand is doing the driving. That should be a software fix (and an option in the settings).
 

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There is one on the new "Official" Fisker site. As suggestions for their 540 software version (the specs of which are not set). Whom do you mean by "they"?
 

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I think @Fanofearth meant us by "they"- we are not affiliated with FATG. Whenever we have time we work on these projects and are sharing them with the community. If there are features that the user community would like to be implemented we can try to do that.
 

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How do you load your "shared" features into a car? If you can figure out how to swap the paddles, I'd love to try it. (So long as it could be put back if there's a problem.)
 

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It is a plug and play fully configurable hardware solution with wireless connectivity so features can be added in the future. Right now we have cars in various stages of Beta so the next release will be production (all dependent if there is support for our product in the Karma owners community). We will try to release a video every Friday of a requested mod- but the beauty of our technology is that we can upgrade the functionality of it over time.
 

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In watching your video, and thinking about functionality ... the volume control for the stereo is always visible on the touch screen. So, I was thinking that the best/easiest button to use to adjust the fan control would be the steering wheel volume control. And, then the roller for (stock) changing radio channels could be the temperature adjustment - and pushing that roller in could change the Recirc/Fresh air option.

But, that's what I think. If you're doing this hardware upgrade ... why not make it so that the user could assign any function in the car to any button in the car (like changing the button functions on a video game controller)?
 

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Our logic is the source button would turn into fan speed by pressing the mute button. Once mute is turned off then the source button would work as normal- this would work on any screen and at any time. Once you get into changing things like the volume button and things of that nature then the sheer amount of validation work necessary to ensure that everything functions properly in all use cases could be significant. Firm believer in keeping it simple but effective.

We are also working on making the useless voice command button bring up Siri, Google Voice, Cortana etc if a phone/tablet is connected via Bluetooth- rather than the built in voice command system. If a phone or other device is not connected via bluetooth the voice command button would retain its current functionality.
 

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That's good to understand, and the latter is a really good idea. So, is there information about "you" elsewhere on the internet?
 

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You can sign up for our official mailing list here:

http://www.pwr-source.com/

We are working with some other major OEM's (Karma is more or less a labor of love) currently but cannot discuss more than that due to us being in "stealth" still. Will share whatever we can once we are allowed to.
 

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WOW!! You have done more in the past few weeks than Fisker has done in 3 years. Fisker should hire your company to implement these features. Keep up the good work. I am thoroughly enjoying the videos and insight.
 

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For those that are interested; here is a full demo of the dual purpose climate control, fan control, audio source, track up and track down buttons.

When the audio is muted the source, track up and track down buttons act as fan speed up, fan speed down and on/off/auto for the climate control system. In the video you can see the fan speed change (upper right corner) while on the media page of the infotainment system.

https://youtu.be/MNNjKwdlqYw

Let us know if there is any feedback for the control strategy that we have implemented. This feature can be toggled on or off for those of us who like to change audio source when the audio is muted :) ! We have some exciting features that will be coming to fruition in the near future and will keep the forum posted on developments when they are ready.
 

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So, what are you developing? Is it a chip? Is it a software patch? What happens when Fisker releases an official software update? What are we looking at from a "product" notion?
 

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So, what are you developing? Is it a chip? Is it a software patch? What happens when Fisker releases an official software update? What are we looking at from a "product" notion?
This was explained in this thread:

http://www.fiskerbuzz.com/forums/13-fisker-karma/22977-karma-charging-fly.html#post216698

The solution presented in the video is actually an upgradeable plug and play hardware solution that is completely different than the previous Quantum (HCU) implementation of charging on the fly.
From my understanding Fisker does not own the SW necessary to do any of these modifications aka VCM, HCU etc so they must depend on suppliers to do the work and implement the changes. Furthermore some of these functions are not possible due to a legacy hardware limitation within the vehicle itself. There are major limitations compared to where ECU's have went as the architecture is 8-9 years old. Our product is an ECU that was developed and recently licensed to a major OEM. We are applying a similar type of technology to the Karma. It will be plug and play and allow for updates if the customer so desires. Initially we will have a few features baked in and will be adding features every few months based on user feedback. We also plan on releasing higher capacity battery packs (subscribers on our mailing list got a sneak peak of that a few weeks ago) and this module is necessary for that modification. Can't say too much more than that. Hopefully that answered your question.
 

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We also plan on releasing higher capacity battery packs (subscribers on our mailing list got a sneak peak of that a few weeks ago) and this module is necessary for that modification. Can't say too much more than that. Hopefully that answered your question.
You're doing a **** of a job piquing our interest! I'm anxious for details: When? How? How Much? I suspect I'll just have to be patient :)
 

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FANtastic idea and something that should absolutely go into 540 or whatever - this is a necessary modification because changing fan speed is very difficult and dangerous to do while driving (VERY dangerous).
 
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