Opel releases iOS app for its flagship performance car

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We’ve seen telemetry apps before – they’re available on iOS, Android, and even Windows computers. In most of those cases you’ll need a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into the car’s OBD II port, allowing data to be logged. Thee are even standalone devices for logging telemetry and beaming it to your PC at a later date.

Opel’s just made it a whole lot more awesome, though. The Astra OPC, its flagship performance model, can now be ordered with an accessory called the OPC Power App kit. This harness plugs into the car’s engine control unit (ECU) and creates a wireless hotspot. But rather than providing turbocharged connectivity, like the LTE hotspot in Audis, the hotspot in the Astra lets you use an iPhone application to wirelessly monitor the car’s performance.

It’ll let you view, in real time, data such as tyre pressures, g-forces, vehicle speed, engine speed, power output, and more. In total, 60 data channels are available to be monitored by the app – far more than the usual OBDII logging solutions allow. Drivers will also be able to monitor track times and locations, in addition to visual representations of the car’s attitude during hard cornering.

The Power App kit is a R6 052 option, though – so it’s not as easy as just downloading the free app. And it only works with iPhones.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.