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Linux in cars [Oct. 6th, 2004|02:04 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
With so many new cars having in-dash displays and navigation systems, I've been getting this desire for a new car to put Linux on it, along with a GPRS/1xRTT data link via bluetooth to my phone. And Wifi so when I'm in the garage it syncs music to a RAID 0 of a dozen 512MB USB memory sticks.

Anybody know anything (or URLs) about car nav system hackin'?

Ideally I could flip a switch and switch the display, touchscreen, and speakers between Linux in the trunk and the car's native systems.

I'm probably just dreaming. Prove me wrong?
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[User Picture]From: octal
2004-10-06 02:13 am (UTC)
I plan to put this (and gps, etc.) into my E34 bmw, with big pull-out radio modules to check at gates.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-10-06 03:23 am (UTC)
I think you should spend less time in your car!
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2004-10-06 05:25 am (UTC)
Yea.. Maybe he should put the system on his bike instead... =P
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[User Picture]From: bryan_e
2004-10-06 05:44 am (UTC)

mini-itx

I don't know about hacking an in-dash display, but there was an interesting project on mini-itx.com where someone added a mini-pc to their car. I don't know about getting wifi, gps and bluetooth all at once though.
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[User Picture]From: mendel
2004-10-06 06:16 am (UTC)
There's a lot to be said for a car in which you end up having so much fun driving that you don't want to have to babysit computers during the process. :-)
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[User Picture]From: visions
2004-10-06 07:29 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: henry
2004-10-06 07:30 am (UTC)
The prius has a nice big touchscreen, built-in bluetooth and 274 volts to power whatever you need! Just be careful splicing into those orange wires...
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2004-10-06 10:14 am (UTC)
Prius is teh r0xx0r.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-10-06 11:14 pm (UTC)
Every time I see the word "Prius" I think, "I can't believe they named a car after a painful erection that won't go away, oh wait, that's priapism." Every time.
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[User Picture]From: blueroo
2004-10-06 08:36 am (UTC)
If I were to do it, I'd probably skip any dealer/factory NAV options and just make my linux system do the navigation as well. Most of the required components are pretty cheap these days, including the LCD screens (http://www.cardomain.com/shoptype/LCD+Monitors).
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[User Picture]From: loganb
2004-10-06 10:13 am (UTC)
-Bluetooth connection to phone *check*
-USB Port *check*
-On board GPS *check*
-CAN bus interface *check*
-Linux... Shit

Working for the man really sucks sometimes. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: penexpers
2004-10-06 12:09 pm (UTC)
This guy used a Sun E450 as his in-car mp3 player.
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[User Picture]From: psaux
2004-10-06 02:15 pm (UTC)
haha!

I love how seemingly NOONE got the joke
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[User Picture]From: hollyberri
2004-10-06 05:00 pm (UTC)

your really hott just thought u should know<3<3
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[User Picture]From: davidfrey
2004-10-08 10:32 am (UTC)
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