I’ve at all times liked this outdated TV collection with futuristic tech in these futuristic autos, like Knight Rider, Air Wolf, Road Hawk and so forth. So it got me fascinated about how simple it could be to add a pc to a car. Now I do know it been completed earlier than and a quick Google search shows a number of web sites and firms making very advanced cars and different automobile computer systems, however at a large price.
raspbian running - automobile Raspberry Pi laptop Circuit Schematic with explanation

Raspberry Pi in my Ford Focus operating raspbian “wheezy”
Nicely I believed my Raspberry Pi is the proper gadget for this.

  • Its low cost
  • it’s very small
  • small energy requirements (runs off a micro USB automobile charger)
  • versatile video and audio outputs (HDMI and Composite RCA for video, HDMI and three.5mm audio jack for audio)
  • and better of all you may change working programs by merely switching out SD playing cards
    Beneath is a photograph of the Raspberry Pi operating the superb media center kind working system Raspbmc which is ideal for shopping and taking part in your media assortment utilizing a media center distant or one thing related, as proven in my ‘buying record’ under.

raspbmc raspbian running - automobile Raspberry Pi laptop Circuit Schematic with explanation

Raspbmc operating on a Raspberry Pi in the Automobile

What I did

Properly firstly I had the Xtron automobile DVD participant for the Ford already fitted and it may be discovered on this website right here http://www.xtrons.co.uk/ and there are DVD/Radio gamers for various automobile producers. Nevertheless, you don’t really need one among these for those who can place a TFT display elsewhere. I even have one among these.

7″ TFT monitor which can be utilized for the again seats

7″ TFT monitor which can be utilized for the again seats
Which could be discovered on eBay for about £23 at this hyperlink. http://shops.ebay.co.uk/SainSpeed This 7” TFT could be positioned in a headrest or on the sprint someplace because it comes with a stand. Each of those gadgets has a composite RCA video enter and for audio, I have a fundamental 3.5mm audio cable from the Raspberry Pi to the auxiliary port of the radio. So all audio is performed through the automobile audio system which sounds actually good and clear. I positioned the Raspberry Pi within the center console as proven under and routed all cables below the center console so no cables are mendacity round.

centre console

Console of my Ford Focus holding the Raspberry Pi
centre console 2nd - Centre Console Raspberry Pi with energy from USB charger

Centre Console Raspberry Pi with energy from USB charger
I used the good little Xenta Wi-fi Keyboard with mouse touchpad built-in. This works completely with each Raspbian and Raspbmc. It even has an on/off button on the back to avoid wasting batteries when not in use (it takes 2xAA batteries).

Raspberry Pi and mini keyboard

Raspberry Pi and mini keyboard
So this could now hook up with any wi-fi community and I join it to my cell phone by utilizing the moveable wi-fi hotspot, giving my Raspberry Pi a web connection even on the transfer (clearly don’t strive to browse the web or watch movies while driving). Supplies Used :

  1. Raspberry Pi (Clearly)
  2. Xtrons Car DVD player
  3. 7” TFT monitor (for again seats or predominant monitor)
  4. Additional composite video cable and three.5mm audio cable
  5. Wi-fi N USB dongle from Amazon
  6. Xenta Wi-fi Mini Keyboard from Ebuyer(now out of inventory) Strive this one as a substitute
  7. Micro USB car charger

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