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  • Alternative control of AC seats in new Ford

    I'm looking at picking up a 2013 Ford F-150 with air conditioned seats, but I am hung up on one issue. The climate controls for the vehicle are done with hard controls in the dash, however the seats are controlled via the touch screen ONLY (frustrating for me!).

    Ford charges more than I want to spend for their navigation, and I rarely use it anyway so I figured I could wait until I can install a carpc to have it. I just haven't seen, or heard, anything on an alternative method of controlling the seats. Until I have a bright idea or stumble across an example of what someone else has done, it seems to me that I'll be locked into the default touch screen system or I will lose that function.

    I've done a fair bit of searching within the forum as well as on google and haven't been able to come up with anything. Do any of you know of a way this can be done or know some someone who has successfully done it already? I would really appreciate any sort of input on the matter. I don't own a vehicle with this equipment so I'm limited to what I can find online for information at this point. Thanks so much in advance!

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    When you say screen, is there a basic touchscreen for the radio, and that's where your seat adjustments are made? That's cool that the power seats can be adjusted there, but I imagine it would also control a whole bunch of other stuff and would be unwise to remove it.

    In a 2013 I'm guessing just about every function in the car is operated though the CANBUS. So unless you plan to interface with that with ~a lot~ of programming, the physical controls can be controlled though a set of relay contacts controlled though USB. Then you need front end software, like the Fusion brain and it's bits. You could also control the power seats from the relays, if they're operated from the CANBUS, you'd go inside the seat, relocate the factory wiring from whatever I/O module is down there and go into a bunch of relays. (at least 4 standard automotive SPDT relays per seat, two if you use DPDT) One set runs the linear slide motor, while the other runs the angular motor.

    ... either way you look at it, it's a lot of slicy-dicey for a spankin new 2013.

    Another way if you really wanted it done- You'd have to find some who really knows about CANBUS programming, and hook up the car-computer into that... Minimal splicing, but more coding.