MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Hands On Review


MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Installed on a Motorcycle

The Breakdown

The MCCruise Throttle By Wire cruise control system is a custom built electronic wonder that integrates seamlessly with your bike’s CANBUS electronic system. It is accurate, upgradeable, actuates smoothly and isn’t bulky or heavy. This system can be installed by owners that have a decent mechanical know how. In short, it will make you fall in love with your bike all over again on long trips.
Overall
Pros
Cutting-edge technology, More accurate and smoother than OEM cruise control systems, Upgradable firmware and BlueTooth connectivity coming soon, Compact and reasonably easy to install, Self-diagnostic mode for troubleshooting, Customized cruise control kits are available to fit nearly any motorcycle
Cons
Expensive to buy, People with no mechanical skill will need to pay a shop to install the system, Large control switch may clash with the looks of some motorcycles

***My Pick of the Year So Far***

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Video Review

The Rationale

When I discuss which products to review with our content manager I push for:

  • Ones I hear other people recommend strongly in forums or in person.
  • Products I personally believe will be useful or have a clear, positive impact.
  • The more expensive ones. I want us to take the financial risk so you don’t have to.

The MCCruise system fits this criterion exactly. To this point, I haven’t reviewed a product that I like or will appreciate having on my bike more than this one. It’s not even close.

I’ll cut to the chase and reveal that the only reasons MCCruise didn’t get 5 stars out of 5 come down to the cost of buying the system being fairly substantial ($550 which is a lot of cheddar) and the fact it does take moderate mechanical skill to install it.

Some people might also point out that the control switch assembly is too big and will ruin the look of their bike as well. I’m on the fence about that one.

FYI: ***The kit only took about a week to arrive here from Australia and I had to pay $25 of duty as well. 

Not a Throttle Lock

Practically everyone has at one time or another spent $20 to $100 on some variety of throttle lock in an attempt to save their wrist and hand from cramping up on long trips. I’ve tried more than a few myself and they’ve always left me wanting and unsatisfied.

The MCCruise is a sophisticated electronic add-on that works the same way the one in your car does… only smoother and better.

This review is for the Throttle By Wire compatible MCCruise system made for KTM 1190 Adventure bikes, but there are also numerous kits available for bikes that have cable operated throttle assemblies instead. They’re quite different with the cable systems costing more to buy and being more complicated to install because of the need for an actuator servo to be installed correctly in order to work safely.

This means that there’s an MCCruise available for pretty much every bike on the market.

The Overall Experience

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure S used for installing MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control

I installed the throttle by wire system in my 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure S in about three sessions lasting 2 hours each. I think that’s roughly how long it took but I’m not totally sure. I was battling illness and sub-zero temperatures in my garage which made me have to take breaks for a couple of days before coming back to it. Add to that my OCD tendencies forcing me to wait for parts I had ordered, needed to finish other repairs/maintenance while I had the gas tank removed like:

  • Cleaning the engine air filter
  • Removing the emissions canister
  • Replacing both fuel filters
  • Installing a kickstand relocation kit
  • New chain and sprockets
  • New mounting bolts for the bash plate under the engine

What can I say? I wanted to make sure my bike was totally ready to go for riding season. My point in telling you this is that the kit wasn’t difficult to install, just a little time-consuming. I’ll go into greater detail about the installation later. First, let’s talk about the performance of the MCCruise.

A “Quick” 160 Mile Test Drive

When the weather finally warmed up enough in this unusually cold month of April for me to contemplate road testing the MCCruise, there was still plenty of melting snow and ice on the ground outside my garage.

I steadied my nerves and bulldozed my way through the 4-inch deep pile of snow and ice built up in front of my garage and made it to dry pavement. It was an uneasy slip and slide lasting about 35 feet to the road, but then I was free of winter’s grasp! I’m now looking at replacing my Continental Attack 2 tires with something that would have an easier time to get traction in snow as a result.

During winter here in Alberta, city snow removal crews throw down copious amounts of pea-sized gravel to give better traction to cars traveling on the snow and ice covered roads. That gravel is still very much thereafter everything melts and it creates deadly mayhem for motorcycles every spring. I was very much aware of this danger and tried to ride accordingly once I reached the clear asphalt. That’s tough to do on a bike as powerful as my KTM and I wisely took it out of my preferred SPORT mode in favor of STREET.

My plan was just to ride a big lap around the outskirts of the city I live in, lasting about 25 minutes and allowing me to adequately test the MCCruise at a variety of speeds, and on differing terrain.

Red Light?

As I got out of town and onto roads where I could safely engage the system to try it out I was caught by surprise when a red indicator light appeared beside the ON button after pushing it. For whatever reason, the red color made me think something was wrong or not working because I didn’t remember reading anything about it in the instructions to indicate that was normal.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and risked pushing the SET button.

Scenes from the old Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive began flashing through my mind. I briefly imagined the KTM taking me on a terrifying and unstoppable ride right up to my bike’s insane top speed. Would I perish in a fiery crash brought on by my own incompetent installation of the MCCruise system? A glitch in the programming maybe?

Oh well, at least I would die doing something everyone would remember and talk about for years after. Remember that crazy motorcycle writer guy crashing at 200 mph into that field full of cows outside town?

What an idiot he was thinking he should have cruise control on a 1190.

The Red Light Means MCCruise Is On, But Not Engaged… Phew!

My irrational thoughts disappeared after the red light turned yellow and the bike very smoothly locked at the desired speed and stayed there until I squeezed the brake lever or pulled in the clutch just as advertised.

You know how most cruise systems jerk when you hit the SET button and let off the gas abruptly? MCCruise doesn’t do that. It’s super smooth when activating, but immediately drops off when you cancel it. Full credit for making this a truly motorcycle friendly system. No herky-jerky on a motorcycle, please and thank you. Well done!

Solid and Accurate

I was so pleased with the initial test that I HAD to ride longer than just a lap around Airdrie, so I headed west towards a huge hill that slopes upwards at a 45-degree angle for at least a couple of miles to see how well the speed would hold. I set the cruise at 75 mph at the bottom of the hill and it didn’t waver even 1 mph in the ascent!

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure S With Cloudy Mountain Day Backdrop

I ended up riding further west into the still snow-capped Canadian Rockies that I love riding in so much. I logged a total of 160 miles to make up for some of the long winters I had to endure without any riding time. The MCCruise was flawless and completely earned my trust and confidence over that time and distance.

How Low Will It Go?

Most cruise control systems won’t activate until you’re going faster than about 25 mph and I was curious if that applied to MCCruise. After some experimentation, I found that I was able to activate the MCCruise at a surprising 18 mph as it turns out. That’s going to come in handy riding through construction zones this summer.

A Happy New Owner

Up until then, I was seriously considering selling my 1190 and buying a different bike equipped with factory cruise control. No more! That’s going to save me a pile of money and let me keep a bike that I’ll now really enjoy a lot more on long rides.

The MCCruise Brothers

MCCruise Brothers Infographic On Systems

The minds behind MCCruise are two Australian brothers named Tony and Frank Guymer. The testing data they provided me with showed that at 60 mph there’s almost zero variation in speed even when riding up big hills. My testing confirmed those numbers. It’s really well thought out and engineered.

Tony and Frank were easy to reach and prompt to answer questions via email or phone. Impressive considering they’re half a world away “Down Under”. I found them to be very passionate about ensuring their product is safe and reliable.

Firmware and BlueTooth

MCCruise Bluetooth Connectivity App Displayed On iPhone Screen

Tony informed me that coming in the next month or so you’ll be able to buy a Bluetooth connector to add to your MCCruise system to further enhance it This connector combined with an MCCruise app on your phone will allow pairing of the two devices.

When improvements to the firmware are developed by the Guymers you’ll be able to update the system this way.

MCCruise Bluetooth App Displaying KPH Meters

Even better, the app will display your TRUE speed instead of just what your speedometer reads if you pair it with your cellphone and GPS app. The MCCruise app can be set up to warn you if you go over the speed limit for the road you’re traveling on. That could help save you money on speeding tickets and justify buying the system.

Intelligent Cruise Control

Tony Guymer told me that he and Frank had successfully programmed the cruise control system to automatically adjust the bike’s speed on its own to match the GPS road data. They chose not to release this feature to the public because the road speed limit data isn’t always accurate. All the same that is pretty cool to think this kind of potentially “intelligent” cruise control is possible with MCCruise.

The Installation

Now we get down to the nitty-gritty: getting the kit on your bike.

Instruction Manual

MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Installation Manual

The instruction manual is written in a clear step-by-step style and has useful black and white photos in it for reference. It covers:

  • Removal of all parts necessary for MCCruise installation
  • Routing of the two wiring harnesses and where to attach tie straps
  • How to disassemble wiring connectors on the bike and in the MCCruise harness
  • Wiring color diagrams and what sensors and switches they correspond to. This also functions as a basic wiring schematic for the system and can be used for troubleshooting needs down the road
  • Calibration of the system when the install is completed
  • How to safely bench test the system in your garage before taking it out on the road

It Turns Out I Read “Aussie” Fluently

I impressed myself with my complete comprehension of the Australian dialect the manual was written in and how much it resembles our English language.

MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Installation Manual Close Up of Instructions

This page in the manual lists everything that comes in the kit and provides part numbers in case anything is missing. Everything in the kit gets used in the installation, including the packing foam. I found that out the hard way when out of habit I threw it away after opening the box weeks before I installed the kit. I didn’t realize that chunk of foam is used underneath the MCCruise electronic control module for support when installing on the bike. Oops. Good thing I had some extra foam kicking around.

TPS Harness and Main Harness Installation

There are two harnesses to be installed that run from just underneath the handlebar riser mounting clamps along the right side of the frame under the gas tank, all the way back to underneath the passenger seat area.

MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Shown In Bike Installed Overview Shot

The TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) harness installation begins with removing the left side mirror and sandwiching the control switch housing mounting bracket in between it and the mirror perch (photo above). You have the option of a normal or high mount depending on what configuration you have to work around on your bike’s left handlebar.

I installed the standard height bracket as pictured above. There’s still plenty of room to use the buttons on the left handlebar.

You can alternately mount it underneath the left handlebar if you prefer as shown in this photo below. Looking back now that may have been a more discreet location for it.

MCCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Mounted Until Left Handlebar Closeup

The MCCruise TPS harness has two connectors on it that match the TPS connectors on the bike’s harness. You need to connect them in between the two halves of the bike’s connector.

In order to get access to the bike’s TPS connector, you need to remove the gas tank and the left side intake tube. Even after that, it’s a challenge to be able to cram your hands into the small opening in the frame available to access it. The instructions say to remove both intake or snorkel tubes, but I managed it with only the left side removed.

Closeup of Bike's TPS Connectors

Photo Above: This shows the view looking from above at the small opening in the frame to access the TPS connector.

The bike connectors are all fairly difficult to pull apart using only one and a half hands while working through only a small opening, but it can be done if you’re persistent and use a very small screwdriver to help by pushing down on the locking tab.

Closeup of TPS wires and Main MCCruise Harnesses

Photo Above: The mess that is the TPS and Main MCCruise harnesses that are installed in the jumble of connectors located behind the triple tree clamp area.

In addition to the TPS connector, you’ll also have to pull apart the ones for the front brake and clutch switches located in the same small area and plug in MCCruise harness connectors. After doing up everything in this small area you’ll have twice as many connectors jammed in the space just flopping around. I wrapped tie wraps around the whole collection and secured them in an ugly looking ball to the frame. As you can see in the photo above it’s not pretty, but should hold together.

Now it’s time to route both harnesses towards the back of the bike along the inside of the frame between it and the airbox.

Photo Demonstrating Gap Between Frame and Airbox For Harness Routing

This photo shows the gap between the frame and airbox where the two harnesses have to be routed from the front of the bike to the back. The two steel tubes on the left of the photo make a good anchoring point and guide for the harnesses to follow as you route them.

Closeup Photo Indicating Where Harnesses Are Running Along Frame of Bike

That bundle of shiny wires is the TPS and main harnesses coming from the front and running along the right side frame all the way to the back of the bike where the MCCruise control module will be housed underneath and behind the passenger seat. You have to loosen off the orange body panel screws on the lower part of the photo in order to route the harnesses under the frame and then up and over it to the control module. Do all this while bearing in mind where the seat will land on the frame so that it won’t pinch the harnesses.

There’s also a wire with a clear plastic connector coming off the main harness that plugs into the diagnostic plug you see sitting on top of the battery in the photo above and another that you route to the rear brake switch located under the bike’s electronic control module.

Note: ***MCCruise offers a pass-through patch harness to support other accessories or “dongles” already plugged into the diagnostic port. Other add-ons can live downstream of the MCCruise connection with this patch harness installed allowing the MCCruise and another performance-enhancing system to operate simultaneously. No worries, Mate!

The final yellow wire off the main harness runs across the frame of the bike above the rear shock to end up connected to one of the spark plug coil connectors as seen in the photo below. Again, the way to do this is clearly explained in the installation instructions.

Spark Plug Coil Connectors Closeup

Install The MCCruise Brain

Main Powerhouse of MCCruise Cruise Control System Already Installed in Bike

This is the “brainbox” for the MCCruise system that makes the magic happen. You’ll have to unlock the large, rectangular connector that plugs into it and insert several wires in the correct pin holes before you connect it to the brainbox (electronic control module if you want to use proper nomenclature). The instructions show and explain clearly how to do this, thankfully.

Closeup Showing Insertion of Several Wires in Pin Holes for 'Brainbox' Module

Once that’s done you can stick the brainbox to the roof of the pocket in the black plastic body panel at the rear of the bike. The instructions call it a “duckbill” if I recall correctly. Velcro tape is included to hold it there and then you stuff the packing foam from the kit (that you wisely didn’t throw away) under it to keep it in place. A perfect hiding place for this important computer module to stay safe.

That shiny black wire in the photo above with the clear plastic spade connector on it also needs to be plugged in to supply power to the system from the bike. You’ll find two wires with these spade connectors just hanging out in the back of that body panel waiting to put power into whatever you decide to connect to them.

Removing the Emissions Canister: Optional

Showing Optional Removal of Emissions Canister in Bike

In the last photo, you’ll notice two hoses on the left of the power wire, one of them has a blue dot on it and a bolt stuck at the end of it to plug it off.

Those hoses came off the emissions canister which I chose to remove from the bike in order to make room for the MCCruise control module and free up the area where the bike toolkit is supposed to be kept too. I don’t need the canister in the area I live to comply with emissions regulations. You, on the other hand, may need to keep it in there depending on where you live. Check and see what your local laws regarding fuel tank emissions are before removing this canister.

Canister Shown in its Mounting Bracket

This photo above shows the canister in its mounting bracket and how it would take up all the space in the duckbill area.

The hose with the blue paint on it in the photo before the last one came off the nipple in the center of the canister. That’s the one you plug with a bolt. It leads to the PCV on the left side of the engine. You can verify this by trying to blow air into the hose. You shouldn’t be able to flow any air into it if it’s the PCV line.

The other hose leads to the right side of the gas tank cap area and is a breather. If you blow in it air will flow out the end of the hose at the front of the bike if your gas tank is removed or into the tank if it’s still installed at that moment.

Photo Showing Hose On Right Side of Gas Tank Cap

Trace the breather hose back to the area just in front of the bike’s battery/computer area and cut it there as seen in the photo above. Tuck the rear portion of the hose down out of the way. Feed the front portion of the hose back towards where it connects to the gas tank cap and then re-route it so that it runs straight down along the frame somewhere so that it can drain anything that comes out of the gas tank breather without pouring it onto the hot exhaust anywhere.

Shows Closeup of Newly Made Drainage Hose

Doing it this way leaves the option open of putting everything back the way it was using a barbed fitting between the two cut sections of the breather hose if in the future you need or want to put the canister back in the bike. Don’t worry, removing the canister and plugging the PCV hose won’t damage anything or throw any error codes on the bike.

Final Checks

You should have the control switch box in place, all the wiring run now and the computer installed. Use the supplied tie straps to anchor the harnesses down tightly and so that they won’t get pinched by any moving parts of the seat when installed.

Now it’s time to check your work for errors and calibrate the MCCruise to your bike’s throttle position sensor. This is a way of making sure the cruise control will work without having to risk a failure while flying down the highway on the bike.

Self Diagnostic Mode and Calibration

The process is explained in the instruction manual of how to put the system in test mode using buttons on the control switch while watching the little LED light beside the ON/OFF button.

This video goes through the installation process and the way to test and calibrate the system.

Conclusion

Shaded picture of 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure S - Sitting Parked.

I Wholeheartedly Endorse it

This Throttle By Wire MCCruise system is a super smart add-on for bikes like the KTM 1190 Adventure S or R, Honda VFR1200X or even the new 2018 Honda Africa Twin.

These bikes and many others have TBW technology on them but still no cruise control option from the factory.

How manufacturers can seriously say these are touring/adventure bikes and not provide cruise control is a riddle I’ll never solve. Some are coming around now and we’re seeing cruise control on newer KTM bikes for example, but this isn’t the case with many others. The legendary sport touring Kawasaki Concours has never come with cruise control for example.

Luckily MCCruise is a viable option that can make you as happy as I am now that it’s on my machine.

There have been issues reported with some of the earlier MCCruise systems for cable actuated throttles. Those systems used engine vacuum to control the movement of the throttle and from what I’m told Ethanol gasoline was leaving gummy deposits in the system causing problems with them. Those issues have since been resolved by Tony and Frank with some preventative measures and improved new designs like the mini electric servo systems.

The new TBW systems have no worries mate because they have no moving parts to gum up. If you have a TBW setup on your bike and no cruise control, the MCCruise is a no-brainer.

Pros

  • Cutting-edge technology
  • More accurate and smoother than OEM cruise control systems
  • Upgradable firmware and BlueTooth connectivity coming soon
  • Compact and reasonably easy to install
  • Self-diagnostic mode for troubleshooting
  • Customized cruise control kits are available to fit nearly any motorcycle

Cons

  • Expensive to buy
  • People with no mechanical skill will need to pay to install the system
  • Large control switch may clash with the looks of some motorcycles

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Motorcycle Cruise Controls (MCCruise)
  • Price (When Tested): Approx $550 (tax, duty, shipping incl.)
  • Made In: Australia
  • Alternative model: Mini Electric Servo Controlled Systems
  • Review Date: April 14, 2018

McCruise TBW Aftermarket Cruise Control Image Gallery

14 Comments

  1. May 7, 2018
    Reply

    As a special offer to Web Bike World readers, MCCruise is offering an 8% saving on their already low sale price of $640 AUD for the KTM 1090 & 1190 ADV R kits, which already includes a dongle patch harness at no extra cost and FREE shipping to North America, much of Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand!

    Just use the discount code ‘webbikeworld’ (without quotes) in the cart to receive your special deal and experience true cruise control this summer on your KTM motorcycling holiday.

  2. William Buchanan
    May 7, 2018
    Reply

    I bought one of their products way back in 1997 for a Kawaski Concours. While a bit on the pricey side even back then it was a quality piece of gear that worked perfectly for the 12 years that I owned that bike. As the review mentioned, they are great when it comes to customer service and I swear that I even placed a phone call one time when I had a question and they answered and solved the issue over the phone. I was living in Dallas TX, USA at the time and I don’t recall what time it was in Australia but it wasn’t during “normal” business hours for sure. Great product. Great company and great service.

  3. Duncan F.
    May 8, 2018
    Reply

    I honestly don’t understand the reasoning for the exclusion of a factory cruise control. There is no excuse in this day and age to not include it on a tourer of any sort.

    I’ve had bikes fifteen years old that weren’t premium when new even, that had it.

    Anyway, great write up and review. I’ll be bookmarking this for future use.

  4. Jim Pruner
    May 8, 2018
    Reply

    Tony thank you for giving webbikeworld readers a special discount! Once people get to try MCCruise on their bikes I’m sure they’ll see just how valuable having it as an option can be in their riding life.

    William and Duncan, I had it on my 1999 Harley Davidson ultra classic but not on my 2014 KTM 1190. It just blows my mind that was a reality. I looked seriously at buying a Concours too, but the lack of cruise made me go a different way. There’s no rhyme or reason other than cost I would say.
    I think manufacturers are starting to catch on, but at the same time there seems to be this strange attitude out there among bikers that having cruise on their bike will somehow diminish their experience. Totally not true! It has allowed me to ride literally twice as long in a day and feel refreshed instead of tired.

  5. David Rohwer
    May 12, 2018
    Reply

    I installed an MCCruise on my wife’s 2009 Moto Guzzi Norge in 2011, had one problem of my own making which they diagnosed and I corrected. It worked flawlessly afterward. The install took some time but the instructions are perfect. Don’t rush. They have pdf of the documentation which I put on a big screen TV in the shop to better aid seeing detail. Great product, great support. Kudos for expanding the product line to TBW bikes. I have a happy wife and you know what they say.

  6. Mark Smith
    May 29, 2018
    Reply

    Well,well,well how about that. I haven’t visited webbikeworld in a while. May in Michigan is when we start riding in Ernest and there’s an article here about my bike. I bought my KTM 1190 ADV last summer. In January I ordered the MC Cruise for Katie (bike’s name) I name all my bikes. I agree with you on most of the things written here and can’t tell you how I like it because when I tried the initiation sequence nothing happened. No light so there’s a bug in the system somewhere. I’m riding her and there are no error warnings so I guess I’m safe for the time being. If and when I have the time I’ll let you know what I find out.

  7. Mark Smith
    June 1, 2018
    Reply

    Hey Jim, nice picture of the 1190 with the mountains in the background. I was watching your review of the MCcruise and noticed your windscreen. I bought my 2016 1190 last summer. I’m curious about your windscreen. I don’t care for the stock unit. I also noticed you commented about the stock seat and agree. The stock seat gave me numb butt after about 50 miles. I bought a one piece unit from seat concepts. It made a world of difference for me. I also found a set of Tusk Panniers frame and bags from Rocky Mountain for about half the price of your touratechs. I had no issues mounting them and am happy with them so far.

  8. Jim Pruner
    June 1, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Mark, thank you for the kind words. The mountains close to my home make any bike look amazing. I’d love to show everyone my favourite roads in person if it were possible so they could take their own photos.

    The windshield is the KTM OEM tall tinted windscreen and it works brilliantly to block just enough wind to be comfortable. It also comes in clear. Here’s the link to buy on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-KTM-Adventure-Windscreen-60308965500/dp/B01D5051KU

    The Tusk ones have a good reputation as well from what I’ve heard. Good job saving some money to spend on riding gear instead. I’m always in favour of saving where you can without giving up quality.

  9. Jim Pruner
    June 1, 2018
    Reply

    Re: your MCCruise issues. It sounds like probably one of the connections at the control module is loose or connected incorrectly if you have no signs of life whatsoever. It could also be that you don’t have any power on the aux connector in back alternately causing the issue.

    You aren’t located close to Calgary Alberta by any chance are you? If so I could help you troubleshoot it, otherwise it would be smart to contact Tony Guymer at MCCruise and he’d be more than happy to try and help.

  10. June 1, 2018
    Reply

    I believe this is from a customer named Mark. I contacted him several days ago in response to finding out about his comment saying: ‘Please check page 28 power connection is correct. If you have no lights, it sounds like it isn’t connected to power. Do you have a blown fuse in your accessory circuit?’

    He came back to me saying that was his thought too, but he is too busy to investigate further at the moment.

    As the manufacturer, I don’t think I can do more. We are in his hands as to how to help. I hope the end result is as public as the first comment ….. there was no contact before the comment appeared on web bike world.

    • Barry Bowman
      June 4, 2018
      Reply

      Tony Guymer – I thought I would reply to you here instead of directly in case it may benefit others.

      I bought and installed your system on my new Honda CTX 1300 last year. I absolutely love it and use it very often! I can echo the article here as far as my experience overall except that the type I have is apparently different, (and about twice the price, but worth it to me). The MCCruise has turned my sleeper bike into a legitimate touring machine and allows me further trips with less fatigue and hand shaking.

      The question I have is about the upcoming bluetooth and firmware update possibilities. Can you provide further information about that and if it will work for the type system I’ve installed, the compact electro servo? Thanks!

  11. June 4, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks for the feedback – that is what makes my job satisfying.

    Our Bluetooth module is compatible with MCCruise kits dating back to about 2008. It will facilitate software updates without having to send the module back here to Australia. Moreover, it can correct your speedo reading, giving you accurate speed on your phone in tenths of a MPH or KPH. It displays the speed limit, but the GPS location and speed limit data are not yet good enough to CONTROL the cruise control SET speed, but it could do that – if and when we turn that on – which could be done remotely using the Bluetooth module!

    Most importantly in my view, it constantly logs your speed data and retains the last few minutes. If you have an accident or get booked you can download it to an email in an excel file and check whether you were really ‘in the wrong’.

  12. Jim Pruner
    June 4, 2018
    Reply

    That is what I love about MCCruise. The potential and how high tech it is.

  13. June 4, 2018
    Reply

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg Jim! We are now having fun working with companies providing them ATV QuadCruise for autonomous pilot projects.

    My company’s twenty years’ experience refining the software and hardware to deliver precision speed control is now combining with our new CanBus expertise and Bluetooth module to provide the platform for big agricultural companies to easily instruct our QuadCruise & Tractor PTO Cruise to control vehicle speed, while they focus on steering, braking and whatever else they need. Our platform already works and is proven reliable and accurate over years of operation.

    If they tell it to stop by setting zero speed via CanBus – the engine returns to idle. If they set any speed above a minimum we prescribe for the particular vehicle to avoid drive-line damage – the vehicle starts and goes to that speed.

    There is no doubt this is where the future lies with precision GPS control of steering – and speed via our speed controllers, you can readily imagine in the not too distant future having a fleet of vehicles happily tilling or sowing or harvesting or spraying and a drone above with a person overseeing it all – on the other side of the planet – or maybe the gear is on Mars and the person on Earth! That’s stretching it I know, but this is where we are headed.

    There is an important rider to this however: we all have to think carefully about the moral imperative of people’s well-being with this type of development – it could be a two-edged sword. The rich could get richer and the poor get poorer.

    For millennia people have had to work to survive and challenge and striving is in our DNA. The psychological impact at the personal level, and flow-on impact into society as a whole, from massive under-employment could be devastating.

    …. but in the meantime, our staff are having fun!

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