Sometimes we joke about all the bells and whistles they are putting on these machines. It's starting to get like the cars these days. Maybe it is a "phone home" feature similar to what is on the JD big iron. The machine calls home using your phone as a gateway. :-?The new RIO APP? :lolol:
Seriously though I have NO idea!
I just figured that was an easy way to get power and have it turn on/off with the tractor (plus it makes installation a breeze). I've searched on-line and checked the E-series brochure and accessories brochure and can't find any mention of it.Interesting that it is wired into the ignition switch. Maybe they plan on getting rid of those special red racing keys and allow you to use your smartphone as a key? :laugh:
Yeah, no idea what the plan is. They might very well plan on doing away with actual keys and selling a fob to carry in your pocket like cars use nowadays. Those are all bluetooth.I just figured that was an easy way to get power and have it turn on/off with the tractor (plus it makes installation a breeze). I've searched on-line and checked the E-series brochure and accessories brochure and can't find any mention of it.
I hope not! The last thing anyone needs to worry while maintaining a piece of lawn equipment is remote starting!I use the mowerplus app regularly, not only for lawn care, but bush hogging as well.
I'll bet the module is for remote starting or something since it hooks to the ignition switch.
UGH! I downloaded the app and installed it on my Android phone. One of the first things it wants you to do is go scan the barcode on your machine to get it's model/serial number. They tell you to look on the front axle for the serial number plate but mention that on "older machines" the plate might be on the back end somewhere. Apparently it can't scan the barcodes on the D1xx machines and it failed on my D160.Ok.. The bluetooth module works with the MowerPlus phone app. For 100 series and S240 machines. I am not up to speed on MowerPlus. Maybe someone can explain it. No price listed. Not sure if it is even able to be ordered. But there are 387 in the system. So... Someone order this thing and do a review!! Lol
I just manually entered the S/N from what I had written in the owner's manual - much easier. But I've already given up on the app after just two mows. Both times it stopped communicating or lost signal or something and showed that the tractor stopped mowing half way through the session.They can't even make an app that can scan the serial number correctly? It seems like this app was designed to be used for the new E1xx machines.
Doubt it. Look closer at the illustration, the BT module is under the dash behind the ignition switch. They just piggyback it onto the ignition switch.Maybe its a USB port(looks like it on the picture) so that you can charge your phone while mowing for examlpe? Would be nice!:good2:
This, though I'm thinking more along the lines of what is know as multifactor authentication in computer technology. I'm imagining a system where you need to have both a key and a cell phone app that provides an encryption key via Bluetooth for the tractor to start, overcoming the "one key fits everything" issue. Just spitballing here. :dunno:Yeah, no idea what the plan is. They might very well plan on doing away with actual keys and selling a fob to carry in your pocket like cars use nowadays. Those are all bluetooth.