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If you saw my post about hacking the CAN-Interior bus of a JK, you noticed my comments about building an intelligent accessory switching system. I'm pretty far along with that, and would love to get some feedback from the community on features they'd like to see.

Right now my plan is to build something, release it all with open-source and open-hardware so people can build their own, but there's been enough interest for people who would like to have one built for themselves that I made the following survey. If you have a moment, I would really appreciate your feedback.

Once the survey is all done, I'll post the results here too so everyone can see the data.

And if you aren't sure exactly what I'm talking about - it's effectively a standard relay box in your engine bay, but instead of just toggle switches, it's smart and listens to your car's computers and can activate switches when lights go on/off, high-beams, blinkers, ignition - whatever we can think of.

The link to the survery is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LKMHTBG

Thanks!
 

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Please include Trunk Monkey in my package.
Not limited to but including
Beating the punks up who try and steal my stuff when I leave my ride unattended.
Trained on how to use a High Jack, 38 special, Winch cable retrieve , Push, Pull, Dig,
Bring me a beer while I'm fishing
and I will take suggestions from here on the rest. :)
 

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Please include Trunk Monkey in my package.
Not limited to but including
Beating the punks up who try and steal my stuff when I leave my ride unattended.
Trained on how to use a High Jack, 38 special, Winch cable retrieve , Push, Pull, Dig,
Bring me a beer while I'm fishing
and I will take suggestions from here on the rest. :)
Sounds good, I'd also like it to have an auto line finder that will always choose the best line for me when crawling over an obstacle. :thumb:
 

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As an interesting data point, it turns out automotive quality relays are some of the most expensive components in a system such as this.

As a rough guide, a simple relay-only board (like a basic sPOD) is about $75 to produce in low volumes for ~4 relays.

You can reduce the cost greatly by varying quality levels of relays, and if you don't need all of the relays to handle high current (big difference in price between a 15a relay and a 30a relay).
 
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