While working on the ZE50, we found a silly bug in the CanSee firmware. If…

  • you have a ZE50
  • you build a CanSee dongle
  • you want to be on the bleeding edge on the CanZE beta’s

… please update the firmware as soon as possible. You can find it here.

I am very happy and proud to announce that a small team of ZE50 owners with tons of technical talents coalesced the last week or so from all over Europe to take up where we left off what feels like ages ago on the ZE50. Leopold Baillard, Frederick Sommerfeld and Roberto Sonzogni caught up on the code in no time and started testing tons of fields on their ZE50’s. I can relate to the constant back and forth and sitting crammed with a laptop and cables in the cold, cold car.

We did some code cleanup and already added fields like the SOH. The pace is really high, and I just release our work in progress in the open beta. Feel free to punish it hard. Not much use yet in reporting “hey, this field doesn’t populate”, trust us, we know ๐Ÿ˜‰ But fields that give weird values of course need to be addressed. As always, please use the issue tracker https://github.com/fesch/CanZE/issue if you do.

Google has changed it’s storage model starting Android 10. Starting the next production release and also Beta1.53-3, we will be following their lead, which means log files, TPMS set files and the _Research.csv file will all be stored in Android > data > lu.fisch.canze > files now.

Note: We will not transfer old files to the new folder, so if you want to maintain your TPMS IDs, you need to do some copy-pasting yourself, or simply (re)type the IDs and hit Save.

The new storage model has a strange quirk that is relevant for the _Research.csv file only. On some, if not all phones, a file can be written through a copy, can be deleted, but not overwritten. Best practice at this moment is to maintain your file on your PC, and when needed on the device, delete the old file there, then paste the new version.

Long time no see.

Given that CanZE does not support the Ph2 cars, I am pleasantly surprised to see uptake still grow albeit more slowly. The last year saw an average growth of 22.5% or roughly 1.7% per month. It makes sense I guess as the pool of “Ph1” cars is now (very) slowly going down, but the technically inclined or more daring number of drivers is probably going a bit up.

Speaking of daring, this brings me to my second point. Somehow the “Force crash” option, only there to test Google Crashlytics behavior, made it in production by mistake. While there is a warning, it seems everybody wants have a go at it at least once: in the last 30 days, it was done 123 times by 77 users, go figure! Pretty daring indeed because who knows, maybe it would have crashed the car ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, it has affected crash statistics pretty badly and we’re way over what Google deems “bad behavior”. However, if I take that cause out, it’s down 85%. I am not going to do a new release over this one, but if you can resist, it’s appreciated.

Stay healthy, stay safe.