This programmer allows you to update your Area 451 Cruise Control to the latest (or alternative) firmware at your convenience - quickly and easily - without having to send your unit out to be programmed.
The standard firmware that comes with the kit is well tested and problem-free, so you don't need this unless you wish to take advantage of new features as they are released. For example, the long anticipated "Pedal Map" feature, which adjusts the apparant responsiveness of your gas pedal thereby making your car feel like it has more power or pep*. Area 451 is initially releasing 16 different maps to try. See our firmware page for details.
Using the programmer is simple. You just plug the programmer into an available USB slot on your computer, and plug the other end into the cruise control. Download the firmware you want from the Area 451 website, run the software, and within a few seconds your cruise is updated! You can try any given firmware variant and switch back to stock as many times as you want at no additional cost.
* note that pedal mapping, also marketed by other shops with such terms as "sprint" boosting, does not affect the actual performance of your car in any way at all. However, most people that test it are suprised by how much it does feel like there is a positive difference. Pedal mapping is safe for your car, but the change in pedal behavior can potentially be dangerous if the driver isn't used to it. Use of the pedal mapping feature is entirely voluntary, and all risks, damages, liability, and responsibility is hereby waived on behalf of SmartieParts and Area 451 Parts. You use at your own risk!