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Found this on another forum, seems interesting....

FoCCCus Central ECU Config Edit has been developed to provide the same features of the ELMConfig program, but for the Ford Focus MK3 (2011 – 2016) owners.

FoCCCus Central ECU Config is a fairly new program to the internet, and is still currently being developed, but it is still in a good condition to use, to enable auto door locking, turn off passenger seatbelt warning chime, disable your day time running lights, and is also useful if you retro fit anything like a tow bar, where you can enable the tow bar functions yourself without visiting Ford.

The opportunities are endless with the new FoCCCus Central ECU Config program, and best news is, its free. All you need to do is get your hands on a ELM372, and modify it, or send me an email and I may have some modified ELM’s already made.
Found a program tonight that lets you reprogram any and all ecu functions including backup camera. If the MFT system has a spot where a camera could plugin then this progran can change the function. Use at your own risk though. It does require a specially modified ELM327 adapter or OBDLink Mx. The device must be capable of reading both the highspeed and medium speed can bus. Ive got some screen shots and a link to website.

There is a site called focusownersclub that has a post that is 133 pages long. There are quite a few free reprogram type pc applications out there but they all require the above 2 types of obd adapters.



http://www.jamessimpson.co.uk/focccus-central-ecu-config-edit-elm327/

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http://www.jamessimpson.co.uk/focccus-central-ecu-config-edit-elm327/

http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-st-electronics/20866-focccus-pc-app-built-editor-all-around-reprogrammer.html
 

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This program is attempting to emulate vehicle configuration function of the IDS.
Use with extreme caution!
Yeah, I would advise not to use this unless you know what you are doing, or more development work has gone into it. Let someone else be the guinea pig.
 

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I've always wondered why car manufacturers don't allow users to edit more functions of the car, via a handheld device or computer (why the hell can't USB be implemented for this...?).

I'm not necessarily talking about everything a tuner or even the IDS tool can do, but why not allow gauge cluster backlights to change color, which head unit function always starts up when you turn on the car (USB vs FM radio, for instance), allow parking lights to come on automatically based on ambient light but before the headlights turn on, etc. Even without all that, it would be SO much easier to do things like turning off the seat belt chime, resetting oil monitors, etc. that often require complicated routines involving the pedals and turning the ignition several times.

There is a LOT of computer controlled stuff in cars these days, why not let the user edit it all, via an easy to use GUI?
 

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Sweet! Sounds like a good way to potentially avoid having to buy a lockpick. I imagine getting nav for free would be possible as well. Saw a defcon presentation about hacking the CAN but this is the first time I've seen something for a focus. Good stuff! Thanks for the share.
 

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...but why not allow gauge cluster backlights to change color, which head unit function always starts up when you turn on the car (USB vs FM radio, for instance), allow parking lights to come on automatically based on ambient light but before the headlights turn on, etc. Even without all that, it would be SO much easier to do things like turning off the seat belt chime, resetting oil monitors, etc. that often require complicated routines involving the pedals and turning the ignition several times.
1) Multiple color gauge clusters can be done but cost more $$$
2) I doubt that most people want the same audio function every time they start their car. The head unit should simply remember the last audio source that was selected, no?
3) Driving with parking lights is illegal in some states.
4) It's much easier to turn on a key and press pedals than it is to connect and use a laptop in a car.
 

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Subbed, want to disable DRL's for HID retrofit!
 

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Darn! Someone beat me to it!

I was hoarding this for myself over the past couple of days. I saw some talk about it on some ST forums as well. I was reading about FoCCCus, ELMConfig, and there's also something called UCDSys, but it's Russian and you have to buy their adapter and pay for "credits" - but it even allows you to update the BCM/PCM! WOAH! When did they add flashing support on the FoCCCus for MK3!?! No one tells me anything! When it's available, I'd like the IPC update without having to pay my dealer...

Links to good reads:

(You already linked the other two I bookmarked)
http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/page-129
http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/
http://www.ucdsys.ru/
 

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I've always wondered why car manufacturers don't allow users to edit more functions of the car, via a handheld device or computer (why the hell can't USB be implemented for this...?).
The problem with USB, it requires a driver and a special bus. When you write data to a car, it's usually written on nonvolatile memory such as nvRAM and CMOS. You can't write to these memory using a fast bus such a USB. USB run at higher frequency and it's too fast. There's other reason but they are fairly too technical for me to explain it.
 

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When it's available, I'd like the IPC update without having to pay my dealer...
Yeah that's one thing the guy over at the ST forum is working on. Trying to see if he can get that IPC from the Escape with current MPH display to flash... it will be interesting to follow the progress on all this.
 

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Yeah that's one thing the guy over at the ST forum is working on. Trying to see if he can get that IPC from the Escape with current MPH display to flash... it will be interesting to follow the progress on all this.
That'd be cool. Or maybe eventually seeing things like tire pressure, oil life, etc.

I also want to try to modify line 184 and see if global open / close (sunroof optional) will work on our cars!
 

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I've always wondered why car manufacturers don't allow users to edit more functions of the car, via a handheld device or computer (why the hell can't USB be implemented for this...?).

I'm not necessarily talking about everything a tuner or even the IDS tool can do, but why not allow gauge cluster backlights to change color, which head unit function always starts up when you turn on the car (USB vs FM radio, for instance), allow parking lights to come on automatically based on ambient light but before the headlights turn on, etc. Even without all that, it would be SO much easier to do things like turning off the seat belt chime, resetting oil monitors, etc. that often require complicated routines involving the pedals and turning the ignition several times.

There is a LOT of computer controlled stuff in cars these days, why not let the user edit it all, via an easy to use GUI?
I can just imagine the meeting Ford, or any car maker for that matter, when they discuss the idea of allowing customers to modify settings like this. The meeting wouldn't last two seconds before the lawyers stand up and say "no f'n way". There is zero chance that car makers, any of them, would allow a customer to use a third party tool to modify anything as it would expose them to huge legal vulnerabilities...


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