[VOLVO SCT] Volvo Sensus Connected Touch (car - navi - audio)

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Nov 5, 2017
Rīga, Latvija
I've added support for audio sources. Now if you click ok you should see available audio sources.
If you select one - playback should start.
Investigating option of adding proper playlist.


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Feb 5, 2008
Guys, how to force SCT to shut down after the ignition is off? Now I'm pretty sure it doesn't turn off and drains my battery.


Nov 26, 2010
In looking at the pics on the first post, there are elements to is that look very raspberry pi or SBC. Is there a way to use the wiring for the SCT and some sort of refit?


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Nov 5, 2017
Rīga, Latvija

Is it possible to recover from this state? I tried to put ACU_VOLVO_EU_update.plf on usb stick or sd card, but unit is unable to see it.


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Jan 10, 2015
Yesterday I removed the SCT out of my 2013 V60 D6. And I installed a 3rd party android auto box.
Still SCT is in the menu and I have no sound, also not from the original FM radio.
And the control buttons on the waterfall do not respond.

Does the car need a 'firmware downgrade' or so to tell it SCT is gone?



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Nov 5, 2017
Rīga, Latvija
Yesterday I removed the SCT out of my 2013 V60 D6. And I installed a 3rd party android auto box.
Still SCT is in the menu and I have no sound, also not from the original FM radio.
And the control buttons on the waterfall do not respond.

Does the car need a 'firmware downgrade' or so to tell it SCT is gone?

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Interesting. I've removed mine. Everything works fine. Will probably replace SCT with something else.

XC60 2013

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    Volvo Sensus Connected Touch (SCT) is a new car audio-navi system based on systems of Parrot. SCT has hardware and software from the Parrot, but is not exactly equal. In general it has some more restrictions build in by Volvo.
    The system is based on the Parrot FC6100 (not the Parrot Asteroid Smart as was first believed). Looking at the Installation manual for Sensus Connected Touch (ACU) Accessory, Part Number: 31399165 the form factor is closest to the Parrot Asteroid Tablet (PAT). The only similarity that the SCT has with the PAS is Parrot's custom base of the Android 2.3 branch which is also shared by the PAT. So, if anything is more analogous to the Parrot Asteroid Tablet (PAT) than the Parrot Asteroid Smart. (thanks to Donaldta, see post) (Link to the Volvo V40 (MY14) SCT installation manual, also attached to this post as pdf)

    This is how the hardware of the SCT looks if outside of the car (thanks to @AAT):

    This thread is research and development on several topics and has already some nice answers:
    The starting questions:
    1. How to get ADB working y
    2. How to install .apk files y
    3. How to root y

    The below mentioned method is an experimental way of rooting. Rooting your SCT involves some android knowledge. Me, the developers and anyone in this topic are not responsible for typo's or any damage that may occur when you follow these instructions.
    ROOTING means you have complete control over the android system. This also means you can do damage to it.

    Security warning:
    The SCT has ADB over WIFI enabled by default. Never ever connect your Volvo SCT to an unknown and/or untrusted network! Anyone connected to that same network can harm your Volvo SCT. The same applies for connecting unknown people to a known/trusted network of yours.
    Security warning 2:
    If your ROOTED your SCT, you are extra vulnerable to above. Anyone with ADB on the same network has complete control over your SCT!


    Do NOT attempt to replace the SCT's BUSYBOX executable or the command symlinks to it. Another user in this forum just sent me a private message stating that they tried this on their SCT and can no longer mount USB drives or connect to ADB over WiFi. Apparently, they also do not have a File Explorer or a Terminal Emulator installed so it seems this is going to be nearly impossible to fix and will most likely be required to swap it at the dealer.
    See message from @donaldta : Message

    The below answers are not yet completely reviewed and tested. The answers will be reviewed in the next days. In any case the instructions below are delivered "as is" and have no guaranty. If you follow the instructions below, you are responsible for your own actions. So, before you do so, understand, or at least try to, what you are doing. If you have questions or have recommendations, post them in the topic.

    The answers and instructions below are constructed from the work of @gekkekoe123 and @donaldta and the trial and error experiments of the first users of the SCT (see first pages of the topic)
    This means everone using these instructions must give BIG THANKS TO @gekkekoe123 and @donaldta

    Instructions to root en install apps:

    Note: Instructions are tested on specific versions of the Volvo SCT
    It is possible that these instructions below are not (yet) working on other versions: Other continents, newer versions etc.
    If you tested it on a different continent + version, let me know, so I can put it here.

    Available versions:
    -1.47.88 - Tested
    -1.47.96 - Tested
    -1.49.34 Tested
    • One click script version 4 in attachments cmd-frama-menu-4.zip (4.62 MB)
      One-click script with menu provided by @gekkekoe123 and @donaldta
      Oneclick , latest version, script is discussed from here

      It is rather simple as long as You have the SENSUS CONNECTED TOUCH and a PC (prefer a laptop) which You need to connect to the same network.

      How to:
      1. Preparing
      *Download the: cmd-frama-menu-4.zip from the page 1, first post attachments. LINK: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2636951&d=1395149723

      2. Follow the instructions
      The instructions are rather simple.
      -Connect your SCT to the same Wifi network as your PC. This wifi network can be your home network or your local hotspot from your phone.
      -Unzip the (cmd-frama-menu-4.zip) and start menu.bat found in the folder "menu"
      - After starting menu.bat on your pc it will ask:
      Input {IP Address of Android Device} or USB:
      Type in the IP address of the SCT, can be found when You go to the settings on SCT -> WIFI -> and click on the connected network (starts with 192.-).
      After that the menu look list this: (Now just type in: 1 and wait a bit so it will say complete, then type in 2 and wait a bit until complete and so on, until step 6 when the SCT will restart itself)
      1 - Copy Framaroot files and execute.
      2 - Install remount.sh into /system/xbin and remount as writeable.
      3 - Alter /system/build.prop to ro.parrot.install-all=true
      4 - Install Google Framework & Android Market
      5 - Install rewhitelist.sh/setpropex/patch init.parrot.capabilities.sh
      6 - Reboot Android Device
      7 - Install Android Packages from APKs folder.
      8 - Android Debug Bridge Shell
      9 - Save ADB Bugreport to Disk
      R - Input connection information & retry ADB connect.
      Q - Quit
      Run steps 1 through 6 in order to root the SCT.
      Step 7 is optional and will install all APKs you have placed inside the APKs folder in your unzipped menu.zip folder on your pc PC.
      Step 8 is for manual commands or troubleshooting.
      Step 9 is for troubleshooting.
      Step R is only needed when the connection to the SCT seems lost.

      3. You should have now a rooted SCT.

      4. Installing applications
      I noticed that lots of Apps from Google Play Store can not be downloaded directly to the SCT (because the SCT is not in the available list of the apps) so a easy way is to download the Applications as ".apk" files from the PC (You can find the desired app from: http://www.appsapk.com/ or http://www.androiddrawer.com/ for example).
      Then copy-paste these .apk files(make sure they do not have any spaces in the filenames) to the folder "APKs" found in the downloaded unzipped folder "cmd-frama-menu-4". To install them, run the menu.bat again and once connected with the SCT again run the step 7 to install the applications You copied to the APK folder.

      If you want to install apps using the Google Play Store that are larger than 7MB or so, you need to remap the cache directory to the SD card:
      remount.sh cache-sd
      Then after the app installation has finished, but before you start the app, remap the cache directory to the internal SCT memory:
      remount.sh cache-og

      5. Enable displaying applications while driving (disable safety feature)
      1. Download Android Terminal Emulator from Google Play Store on Your rooted SCT.
      2. Once installed, run Android Terminal Emulator under Applications
      3. touch the screen - the keyboard pops up
      4. Type in "su" press ENTER
      5. It should ask wether You allow Superuser or not, choose the "Allow" option.
      6. Type in "rewhitelist.sh" press ENTER
      7. Type in "reboot" press ENTER

      6. Enable Google Maps and Voice Search
      First install google.maps.6.14.4.apk by the method explained above. Then copy libvoicesearch.so to /system/lib and install Voice_Search_2.1.4.apk. These files can be found in Voice_Search_2.1.4.zip.
      Here is an example of how to do this with adb:
      adb connect [ip of your SCT]
      adb push google.maps.6.14.4.apk /mnt/sdcard
      adb install /mnt/sdcard/google.maps.6.14.4.apk
      adb push libvoicesearch.so /mnt/sdcard
      adb shell su -c 'remount.sh system-rw'
      adb shell su -c 'cp /mnt/sdcard/libvoicesearch.so /system/lib'
      adb shell su -c 'chmod 644 /system/lib/libvoicesearch.so'
      adb push Voice_Search_2.1.4.apk /mnt/sdcard
      adb install /mnt/sdcard/Voice_Search_2.1.4.apk
      Now #reboot# and Google Maps and Voice Search should be working.

      Now You should be done. Happy downloading and drive safely. :)

      Older instructions, just for reference here, do not follow anymore.

      [*]One-click script with menu provided by @gekkekoe123 and @donaldta
      This one-click script with menu options is here

      [*]One click script for version 1.49.34: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=50846498
      Actually it was fine (since we are in the root folder), but since I was too lazy, I used your file. I had to correct the "true" to 1.
      I also changed the menu to do this. I removed the set prop option, it's not needed anymore. Setpropex should also work on older versions.

      Btw, I did the upgrade manually using adb shell, and did not used the menu.bat.
      So if anyone could test it or double check the menu.bat file, it should be fine. I translated the manual commands back into the menu.bat

      My SCT is upgraded and I am able to install apks :) Let's find out if waze lost of data is fixed. Also adjusting screen dpi is still working. But we now have setpropex so we can override everything ;)

      When you finished step 5, you need to reboot in order to be able to install apks.

      As allways: no guarantee and at your own risk when using the tools

      Manual instructions and commands:

      1. Detailed instructions how to get ADB working between your pc and SCT
        1. Download the Android SDK, it contains the nescesary tools like ADB.exe and Monitor.bat (Download page Android SDK)
        2. Install the android SDK
        3. If you are using windows: set the installation path of your SDK\platform-tools\ in your windows environment variables. So, add c:\\SDK\Platform-tools\ to it. (More instructions on this point)
        4. Now connect your SCT to a Wifi network and also connect your laptop/pc to the same wifi network. This network can be your home network, or for example the wifi network you create with your phone wifi-tether function.
        5. Go into the SCT>Settings>Wifi and click on your connection details. Find out the IP adress of your SCT. (example, it would be something like 192.168.43.x if you are using wifi tether from your android phone. )
        6. Now on your pc, open the command line (cmd). Easiest is to click with shift-button hold and with Right-Mouse-Button on the folder where the files reside you want to transfer to the SCT (see instructions further for rooting). After RMB click, choose option: open command line here.
        7. Now type:
          adb connect $IPADDRESS
          Replace $IPADRESS with the IP from the previous step.
        8. ADB is now connected and you are ready to type the instructions for rooting.
          D:\sdk\platform-tools>adb connect
          connected to

      2. Detailed instructions how to Root SCT
        1. Download the cmd-frama-working.zip from the attachments
        2. Unzip it into a folder (example: d:\sct\ )
        3. Open the commandline in this folder
        4. Connect to adb (see instructions above)
        5. Do the following commands (line by line):
          adb push libframalib.so /data/local/.
          adb push sploit.jar /data/local/.
          adb shell mkdir /data/local/tmp/dalvik-cache
          adb shell ANDROID_DATA=/data/local/tmp LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/data/local dalvikvm -cp /data/local/sploit.jar com.alephzain.framaroot.FramaAdbActivity Gimli 0
          adb shell ANDROID_DATA=/data/local/tmp LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/data/local dalvikvm -cp /data/local/sploit.jar com.alephzain.framaroot.FramaActivity Gimli 0
          See post here and thank developer!
        6. Now you are rooted:
          cmd line frama root by Gekkekkoe
          Credits to alephzain for Framalib
          using Exploit: Gimli choice: 0
          Executing Check
          idx: 0 value: Gimli
          idx: 1 value: Aragorn
          Executing Check Completed
          No such user 'root:root'
          No such user 'root:root'
          Result: 0
        7. Test root by command:
          adb shell
          On the SCT you will get a screen of SuperSU, asking if shell may have root access privileges. Say yes.
        8. exit the su and shell using
        9. Reboot the SCT
          If you are still within shell, just use
          If you are on command line again, use
          Adb Reboot
      3. Detailed instructions how to get Google framework and Google Play (market) on the SCT
        1. Download the files for framework and market

        2. Push them to your SCT
          adb shell su root -c 'mount -o remount,rw ubi0:system /system'
          adb push GoogleServicesFramework-2.2.1.apk /data/local/.
          adb push Market-3.3.11.apk /data/local/.
          adb shell
        3. Now install them
          cp /data/local/*.apk /system/app/.
          chmod 644 /system/app/GoogleServicesFramework-2.2.1.apk
          chmod 644 /system/app/Market-3.3.11.apk
        4. After reboot, connect the SCT to internet
        5. Open the google market on your SCT (in the applications drawer)
        6. Log in with your google credentials
        7. Accept terms and conditions
        8. Be sure to stay connected to internet, google market will update itself after some minutes
        9. Connect Adb and force SCT to reboot again.
        10. Open Market/Play and Accept terms and conditions again! (now for the updated versions)
        11. Wait for some time, it will again update itself again.
        12. Open adb, force reboot again
        13. Last time open Play (It should be named Play now, since it is updated, if it is not, wait longer and try previous steps again)
        14. Go into My Apps, update SuperSu
        15. After update, open SuperSu from your app drawer
        16. It will ask to update SuperSu Binary, use Normal Method
        17. Say thanks to Chainfire for the SuperSu :)
        18. In settings, you can disable the popup that will ask if you want to run an App that is using root. Can be convenient, but also dangerous (apps can use root even without notifying you.)

      4. Detailed instructions how to installation of other apps
        1. We have to enable installing all apps on SCT. Warning, this means editing the build.prop, which is vital to the system. Typing errors can result in a system that will not boot correctly.

          More methods apply here, use one which is convenient to you:
        2. Fast method:
          adb shell
          mount -o remount,rw ubi0:system /system
          sed -i 's/ro.parrot.install.allow-all=false/ro.parrot.install.allow-all=true/' /system/build.prop
        3. Slow method, more control, moderate risk:
          adb pull /system/build.prop
          edit content and set to true. Content of the file should look like this
          #TODO Set to false for prod #Package install limitations. Set to false to allow only the install of verified packages 
          replace build.prop with proper one.
          adb shell su root -c 'mount -o remount,rw ubi0:system /system'
          adb push build.prop /system/build.prop
          If above does not work, use method like the google framework.
        4. Third method: install ES file explorer, use the rooting functions of this app to edit build.prop
          Instructions in this post and this post
      5. Detailed instructions how to install APK files
        1. Method 1: Use google play
        2. Method 2: If not available on google play, use a Google Play APK downloader on your pc and install using the
          ADB install
          or using
          ES Fileexplorer mentioned above
      6. Detailed instructions how to make apps available during driving

        All apps are behind a security wall of the SCT. When driving >5km/h, all apps not listed in the whitelist.xml will be disabled. To enable your installed apps you have to edit the whitelist.xml
        Warning: it is a safety feature you are disabling now, it is your own responsability when using apps during driving

        1. Slow method:
        2. Get the whitelist.xml from your SCT

          adb pull /system/etc/whitelist.xml
        3. Find out which packages are installed and have to be listed there:
          adb shell
          pm list packages
          Other method, look to the url of google play on your pc, see bold part: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop
        4. List the packages by adding new lines with the package names
        5. Edit the whitelist.xml using a smart text editor. Preferably use Notepad++
        6. Copy the whitelist back to SCT

          adb push whitelist.xml /data/local
          adb shell
          mount -o remount,rw ubi0:system /system
          cp /data/local/whitelist.xml /system/etc

          Scripted method:
        7. Download script
        8. Instructions in this post

    • FAQ
      1. Audio is not working when using application X
        This is a feature or limitation by design
        - TomTom and other navigation apps will break Sound/Audio due to this feature.
      2. If you have more, PM me or react in topic

    • TIPS
      1. Use a USB keyboard in combination with ES file explorer or a Shell app to edit files on the system.
      2. If you have more, PM me or react in topic

    Informational links:

    Information about SCT:
    Official FAQ of SCT:
    Dutch experiences with SCT:

    SCT update files:
    Current version: All regions - 1.49.34

    How to unpack the update (.plf) files:
    Download the plftool
    Basically, download, unzip, and go into the command line, the binaries directory and use the command syntax, "plftool -i -o "
    And please take the time to thank hoppy_barzed for hosting it for us and for loveshackdave for providing the tool to use it.

    Linked topic of Parrot Asteroid Smart:
    Google Street View

    Alright, as I sit in the eve of the New Year, I will bid you all farewell to the old and welcome in the new. To commemorate this event, I will leave you with a parting/welcoming gift. Attached is a copy of the Google Street View APK. While it does not provide an icon in the app drawer, it does enable 360° Street View within Google Nav (which is apart of the Google Maps version 6.14.4 that's compatible with Gingerbread).

    Well, adb install still won't work. What part do you mean?

    Euh you have basically full control over the unit now.
    - You can now allow install from unknow sources.
    - you can install google playstore... and Get TOMTOM on it :)
    - See the parrot thread, once you have root

    I cleaned up the code. Attached is the working version.
    I will make a version that autodetects and exploits. But thats for the coming days :)

    adb push libframalib.so /data/local/.
    adb push sploit.jar /data/local/.
    adb shell mkdir /data/local/tmp/dalvik-cache
    adb shell ANDROID_DATA=/data/local/tmp LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/data/local dalvikvm -cp /data/local/sploit.jar com.alephzain.framaroot.FramaAdbActivity Gimli 0
    adb shell ANDROID_DATA=/data/local/tmp LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/data/local dalvikvm -cp /data/local/sploit.jar com.alephzain.framaroot.FramaActivity Gimli 0
    Here are all the free APKs from the Asteroid Market available to me for the Smart ...and the rest of them are too large to share as an attachment.

    Okay, it suddenly occurred to me that 7-zip can split files to help in situations where there is a upload size limitation. I've split the rest of the oversized APKs into equal parts and included them with this post. I had to append the extra ".zip" extension in order to upload them, so you'll need to remove the extension after downloading them in order for 7-zip to detect them as split parts and combine them.
    OK, I took the risk. Installed the Volvo update this morning. Rerooted (without any problems) and after a second reboot found that ADW is still installed with all my apps.

    Happy updating all!