2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Finding a Dimmer Workaround in the Aftermarket Stereo
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 7, 2016
The first time I got Android Auto working in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, I reported that Google Maps' off-blue color palette made it difficult to see during the day. Well, of course it did. It was in its night mode.
The Pioneer headunit has a day and a night mode, but I've never seen it automatically switch between the two. I take partial blame, because I never took the time to dig in and figure out how it works. As it turns out, there's something wrong with the auto setting, but the other options provide a workaround.
In total, there are three options for triggering the day/night setting. The first is automatic, and whether the result of a non-functioning sensor or another piece of fine craftsmanship by our stereo installer, this setting doesn't work. The second is a manual trigger, but this requires digging into the settings every time you want to switch the mode.
We're using the third setting: Time. After all, what is time beyond an assessment of whether it's light or dark out? When the stereo's clock gets late, it switches to night mode.
Boom. Solved. At least for the time being.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 78,529 miles