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 |  Jul 23 2012, 5:02 PM

The latest version of Palmer Performance Engineering’s DashCommand app was just released and promises to improve on previous versions by pairing with Pioneer’s AppRadio 2 device, though the entire setup is very expensive. 

The OBD-II connector, which can join any car made in 1996 or later to a smartphone, tablet or iPod and many other devices, is cheap but the fully enabled app costs $49.95.  It offers a long list of real time diagnostics about the car it is linked with through 27 customizable gauges, including the g force you pull while cornering.

Users previously needed to look at their devices for that data, but the latest version which is currently exclusive to select Android users pairs with the Pioneer AppRadio 2. It’s a device that offers modern amenities like Bluetooth calling, touch screen controls and app control with compatible programs like DashCommand.

Unfortunately, the aftermarket media screen doesn’t come cheap with a suggested price of $599. While the touch screen isn’t necessary to use the app, it probably makes the software much more accessible during something like a track day.