I have been reporting in another discussion
the results of finding out a good solution, allowing me to use the Hybrid Assistant app displayed on a smartphone screen as my principal instrumentation for communicating with the Hybrid system.
That's what I finally retained. Thanks to the HA blog
, I found and bought the "Stealth" smartphone cradle from Spigen,
after trying another, from Pearl,
which turned out not stable enough. This cradle is very nice, but the phone moved and vibrated too much, the material being very flexible.
With a black battery cover to hide its white cover,
my Note 2 is now very discrete seen from the outside.
It is now the dedicated HA display, and the LG G6 64 Gb I just bought serves as my mobile phone and my camera for taking simple pictures. The wide-angle lens used for the first picture is very useful. Pretty much, it shows what I see, although the camera is in fact sitting a bit lower relative to my sight than shown here .
With this cradle, the display of the Note 2 is placed more vertically, and the reflections in the windshield are lower in intensity and placed higher up. The phone is very secure, and the risk that it becomes a dangerous object in an accident is smaller. It does not vibrate and move at all. It's perfect for me.
Having adjusted the driving position correctly as shown in this diagram, (in fact it was), the display does not hamper the vision on the road. Those who prefer a lower seat position may not be happy with this cradle.
Those tempted to trying out will also need to check if the phone can be placed correctly in their particular model. With the Mondeo, the relative flatness of the lid of the instrumentation is a plus.
HA now replaces, so to speak, the rather small instrument panels visible only through the steering wheel, requiring the eyes to leave the road for relatively long time. If wanted, one could also use the smartphone as a browser.
See here the benefits for the driver. Directly in the line of sight, HA displays in the blink of an eye:
- The actual digital speed. > It's nice to know it without having to correct for the optimism of the analogous speedometer.
- Cooling water temperature > Used during the warm-up phase, it is very useful. As long as the tp is <40 °C I go very slowly, and I do not put the heating.
- Side by side are the rpm and the in and out power of the traction battery. > It is useful to see the powers delivered in kW. As long as the out power does not exceed 19 kW, the thermal remains at a standstill.
- The Battery power display also helps to get better glides when one practices the pulse & glide. > the cyan bars up = discharge; green down = load should be as short as possible.
- The SOC in %. > One can decide from which value, one starts the fuel engine.
In addition, clicking on "EV" gives the detailed consumption graph. Not indispensable but good to take.
One can, but must not, use this combined information. I feel it helps with making the most of the hybrid system. This is my personal choice, and I do not want to convince anyone to do the same.
Edited by Mister MMT, 14 January 2018 - 05:02 PM.