Thanks for your reply d0e.
By saying that something newer is out
, are you referring to the K-line? If not, what exactly then?
Here's what I think I know so far:
The I-bus is generally used to control the audio (and navigation) electronics, including the steering wheel controls.
It seems as though the best way to connect to the I-bus is via Reslers device
The K-bus, on the other hand, controls a lot more, including:
DME – Digital Motor Electronics
EGS – Electronics gearbox control
EWS – Electronics car immobilization system
ABS – antilock-braking system with ASC/DSC
EHC – electronic height control
A/C - Air Conditioning and HVAC
FGB – Rear compartment blower
SRS – Supplemental restraint system
IKE – instrument cluster electronics
LCM – Light check modules
GR2 – Cruise control
PDC – Park distance control
AIC – Automatic interval control
RAD – Radio (possibly including IBus?)
SZM – Switching centre, centre console
NAV – Navigation system (possibly including IBus?)
MID – Multi-info display (possibly including IBus?)
ZKE – Central body electronics
SMB – Passenger seat memory
LSM – Seat/steering wheel memory
EDC – Electronic damper control
LEW – Steering angle sensor
RDC – Tyre pressure check
MFL – Multi-function steering wheel (possibly including IBus?)
DSP – Digital sound processor (possibly including IBus?)
BMBT – On-board monitor, control panel
VID – Video Module
SES – Language input system
Tel – car telephone (possibly including IBus?)
HKM – Boot lid module
LRA – Automatic headlight vertical aim control
FID – Multi info display rear
Notice all those "(possibly including IBus?)" comments I've added. This is where I think the technologies overlap.
I wanted to confirm this by running a thorough search within the messageboard on the Yahoo Group.
So far, I know of three ways to connect to the K-Bus:
GT1 DIS, P.A.Soft, and Carsoft.
If I can confirm that I can have the same functionality of the I-Bus with the use of the K-Bus, then I might as well ditch the I-Bus and "Hack the K-Bus"