An easy-to-install, low-cost solution for diagnosing steering wheel instrument faults, expanding vehicle functionality, and emulating absent steering wheel components to enable Traffic Jam Assist. (TJA functionality is intended FOR TEST ON CLOSED ROADS ONLY).
- Includes micro-LED to help diagnose failing steering wheel components by emitting a blue light when an action, i.e. a button press, is registered by the vehicle.
- A low-cost alternative for enabling Traffic Jam Assist (Comfort-Drive is a test tool that is intended FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY. It is not a replacement for an OEM Traffic Jam Assist retrofit; Comfort-Drive is intended to be used to help pre-qualify your vehicle for the retrofit. Please note that, while full-TJA features are available in the Comfort-Drive Module, IT IS FOR TESTING PURPOSES ON CLOSED ROADS ONLY and Enhanced Auto assumes no liability due to module or driver error in any circumstance).
- Periodic driver attentiveness check to ensure safe operation
- Does not require any additional hardware for installation.
- 100% revertible
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Traffic Jam Assist?
BMW's Traffic Jam Assist, or TJA, is BMW's semi-autonomous driving assistant that "automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car’s speed down to a standstill – and actively shares the steering. The system is able to help the car stay in the correct lane". Outside of the United States, TJA has been available as part of the Driving Assistant Plus package for i3s since 2014. However, within the United States, the option has yet to make its debut. While a number of enthusiasts have successfully retrofitted their BMWs to enable TJA, the cost and labor involved make the retrofit prohibitive for most owners; Comfort-Drive aims to change that. Comfort-Drive can be used to enable TJA to pre-qualify your vehicle (where legal by your local, state, and federal laws) for an OEM retrofit without spending the money on OEM parts to otherwise realize your vehicle is not compatible. Please note that, while full-TJA features are available in the Comfort-Drive Module, IT IS FOR TESTING PURPOSES ON CLOSED ROADS ONLY.
Why choose Comfort-Drive?
For those with vehicles outside of their manufacturer warranty period, taking your vehicle to a dealership for repair is a costly endeavor. The Comfort-Drive module allows you to self-diagnose failing steering wheel electronics by simply connecting the module and troubleshooting the failing component.
For those interested in retrofitting their BMW to enable Traffic Jam Assist, the Comfort-Drive module can be used as a low-cost investment to pre-qualify your vehicle for the retrofit and allow you test out the functionality prior to attempting the full retrofit, which can easily cost over $1000 in parts (steering wheel, switch unit, clock-spring, wiring harness, etc..) and requires extensive wiring to install. *Pre-qualification and test should be done only where legal by local, state, and federal law. This functionality is for OFF ROAD USE ONLY.
How does Comfort-Drive work?
The module communicates with your vehicle's ECU (computer) to allow TJA to be activated (always check your local, state, and federal laws to ensure you enabling this functionality is allowed). Comfort-Drive does not contain any self-driving software or hardware, nor does Comfort-Drive interact with your vehicle's driving dynamics. Comfort-Drive should NOT be used in place of an OEM TJA retrofit.
Are there any hardware requirements?
Yes and no. Out of the box, Comfort-Drive does not require any additional hardware to intercept steering wheel button clicks. However, to take full advantage of Comfort-Drive's TJA pre-qualification check, your vehicle must include the necessary hardware needed for TJA operation. The easiest way to see if your car is compatible is to check if you have the Driving Assistant Plus package. If you are unable to determine this, you can use an online VIN decoder to determine if you have option code 5AT.
Are there any software requirements?
Yes and no. Out of the box, Comfort-Drive comes ready to intercept steering wheel button clicks. To take advantage of Comfort-Drive, your vehicle must include the necessary software for TJA operation. Obtaining this software is done through a procedure known as 'coding your ECU' and can be readily achieved through one's laptop or even from an Apple or Android tablet or smartphone.