The necessary controller (aka black box) needed to bring Opel‘s recently-announced OPC PowerApp to life will cost about €300, GM Authority has learned. The app, which runs on Apple’s iPhone, allows users to see in real-time, as well a record for later review, 60 different data elements such as boost pressure, throttle position, lateral acceleration, and engine torque. In addition, drivers can record track lap times, braking points, section-specific speeds, and G-forces on specific portions of a race track and analyze the results to improve their driving skills after-the-fact.
The OPC PowerApp is currently compatible with the all-new Opel Astra OPC after the smartphone controller is installed either by the vehicle’s owner or an Opel dealership. The controller then transmits data from the Astra’s CAN (Controller Area Network) bus to the iPhone via a cable. Drivers can opt to purchase a FlexDock iPhone cradle that offers better access and visibility of the PowerApp data. The PowerApp retails for €0.79 (or $0.99 cents) in the iOS App Store.
Here’s our question to you: is €300 (or about $370) an amount you’re willing to spend to access an app similar to Opel’s PowerApp in say a high-performance Chevy, Buick, or Caddy? Sound off in the comments below!