The number of vehicle now featuring CAN-BUS is rapidly growing.
New from Cobra is the AK4615, which is really taking alarm technology to a new level. Not only does the alarm feature a wireless siren (more about that later) and Ultrasonic Sensors, but it also works as a CAN-BUS, or PLIP (upgrade) alarm, plus has the option of operating from a Cobra remote. Great for those who acquire a car with only one remote key as the Cobra option is normally much more affordable then a second remote key from the dealership.
CAN-BUS or PLIP Alarm
The AK4615 can be configured to work in almost any vehicle as it can be programmed for CAN-BUS software or as a conventional Upgrade alarm. Each unit needs to be programmed before installation and simply plugs into a computer via the USB port to hook up to the Cobra’s Andromeda software program. Personally I carry a laptop so I can make program changes on the road.
Once plugged in the installer can select between CAN-BUS and PLIP Alarm then decide which vehicle platform the alarm needs and change most of the features.
Having had a play myself I can say that the alarm is very versatile but does require some technical knowledge to fully understand what it is capable of. There are many hidden gems in the programming options which allows for some creative installation options.
What features the alarm offers varies massively between vehicle make and models. For example, many of the German cars will inform the alarm if a window is left open, the alarm will then disable the ultrasonic sensors to avoid a false alarm and chirp a warning tone on arming to notify the owner. The alarm can also disarm when the vehicle is presented with a valid transponder key.
Some manufactures have a far more basic CAN-BUS network so it’s worth asking about what features are available for your own car.
Minor programming changes such as siren arm/disarm chirp selection and volume can still be adjusted once the alarm is in the vehicle.
Cobra Wireless Siren
The AK4615 is the first car alarm to feature a wireless siren.
Whilst it still needs a power supply to charge the battery back-up siren there is no longer the need to wire the siren up to the alarm ECU which saves the need to run cables between the two.
Only One Way Communication
The Siren has a bonnet switch input which will trigger it into action if opened when armed, so there is no need to run any cables though the firewall. That said because there is only one way wireless communication from the alarm ECU to the siren, the bonnet sense wire only triggers the siren into life and not the main alarm. Having said that many CAN-BUS vehicles already have a factory bonnet switch that the CAN-BUS system will read directly. For cars that don’t, this means that the pager out-put or hazard lights won’t activate if the bonnet is opened. If you do want this feature then it maybe worth asking the installer to hard wire a bonnet switch to the main alarm ECU.
Horn Honk and second siren
The alarm has a dedicated horn honk output and can also have a the Cobra 4310 siren added.
The AK4615 effectively replaces both the AB3868 and the AK4908. It also has plenty of new features lacking in past models such as Pager out-put and the ability to hook up a second digital siren, or Immobiliser (remember not all CAN-BUS vehicles have a factory immobiliser, for example 2012 Corolla Wagon).
AK4615 CAN-BUS Alarm
Thatcham Cat 2-1 Upgarde alarm
Can be programmed for CAN-BUS or PLIP configuration
Class Leading Security
Cobra seems to be the only manufacture who have a active R&D department. The only alternatives seem very outdated!
- Wireless Digital Battery Back-up Siren
- Ultrasonic Sesnors
- Dash Mount LED Over-ride
- Full operation via Factory remote
- Diagnostic Fault Codes
- Cobra Remote Controls
- Tilt Sensor
- Microwave Sensor
- PIR Sensor
- Reed Switch
- Horn Honk
- Pager Output
- 8509 Immobiliser
- 4310 Siren
- Drivers Card
How to disable sensors when arming:
4615 Series User Manual (English pages only)