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Over-the-air updates via Bluetooth LE (4.0) on Volvo Penta EasyConnect

I implemented over-the-air updates (OAD) of Volvo Pentas Bluetooth interface. This allows the user to update the Volvo Penta hardware from their mobile phone app. Quite cool.

Moved to Gold Coast, Australia

A few months ago I moved from Gothenburg to Gold Coast, Australia, to work for Volvo Penta and enjoy a sunnier life style 🙂

I have only been here 4 months, but so far I really like it. The sun is almost always shining, people are for the most part nice and helpful, salary for engineers is higher (compared to Sweden), taxes are lower and it is much easier to find a good place to live compared to Gothenburg.

I was a bit hesitant about moving to Gold Coast since I knew nothing about the place, but it is starting to grow on me. Even though it is much smaller than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, it is still large enough to host large events and have lots of ways to waste time. The city is right by the coast, and in the background you have large mountains. My main goal right now is to get my surf going which is one of the most popular activities around here.

Real estate finder

Location, location, location! When I was searching for an apartment in Gold Coast, Australia, I wanted to have a tool that would list travel times to some important locations. For me it was travel time to and from work during rush hour, and time with public transport to the city centre. This python script does a few things:

  1. You give it a start search.
  2. The script will find the travel time to the locations (that you need to edit)
  3. Output into excel

I was experimenting a bit with making it a web app but kinda gave up. It works though, but you need to manually edit the code in a few places. Hope you find it as useful as I did!

Source code:

https://github.com/sebnil/real_estate_finder

Prerequisites

Python 3, pip, .. Just use Anaconda. It is great.

Authors

License

  • All code is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details

Software Engineer at Volvo Penta Oceania

Moved to Gold Coast, Autralia to work with Volvo Penta. Daily work is troubleshooting and developing control systems in marine applications.