escapenz
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installing rpi in to car

Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:29 pm

So i have a 1999 altezza and it has a factory gps unit in it but of course it only works in japan and i live in new zealand. i thought it would be a cool idea to install pi and replace my gps. Now my plan was to get a screen (5.5' i believe it is) and a r-pi and wire it all up so it will power on when the car starts and turn off when the car is off. I was all so going to wire up two usb ports on each side so people can charger there phone or plug usbs into the pi to play there music. I haven't done this kind of stuff in a few years and jsut wanted to know if it will be ahrd job to do or anything worth adding or changing ? or just go the simple way and install a gps/ tablet unit.Image

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Re: installing rpi in to car

Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:14 am

It will be a really a good attempt, Will be creative and cheap one.

Here is what all you can do,

You can use Rpi as a music system
You can use Rpi as Navigation system,
You can use Rpi as rear Camera system
You can use Ultra sonic sensor for safe parking
You can use Thermostat to control your Air conditioner

And so on, there are tons of help is on internet to get this done.

It worth doing it, Keep it trying.

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Stephen Paulraj
http://stephenpaulraj.com

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Re: installing rpi in to car

Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:25 am

Thx for the post, I was looking for a solution on my car. Here it is.

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Re: installing rpi in to car

Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:12 pm

I have one in my car too.
Its attached to a large lead acid battery.
The battery in tern is attached to the accessories (cigarette lighter).
Why? So when I turn off the car the pi wont die.
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Re: installing rpi in to car

Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:42 pm

solar3000 wrote:I have one in my car too.
Its attached to a large lead acid battery.
The battery in tern is attached to the accessories (cigarette lighter).
Why? So when I turn off the car the pi wont die.
Just in case anyone else reads this and takes it too literally, there must be a 12V to 5V converter between the battery and the Pi! If not, the result will be fried Pi before you get to your favourite fast food outlet. :( :o
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Re: installing rpi in to car

Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:28 am

davidcoton wrote:
solar3000 wrote:I have one in my car too.
Its attached to a large lead acid battery.
The battery in tern is attached to the accessories (cigarette lighter).
Why? So when I turn off the car the pi wont die.
Just in case anyone else reads this and takes it too literally, there must be a 12V to 5V converter between the battery and the Pi! If not, the result will be fried Pi before you get to your favourite fast food outlet. :( :o

There's no easy way to plug the pi directly into the cigarette lighter. So there's nothing to worry about.
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Re: installing rpi in to car

Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:48 am

solar3000 wrote: There's no easy way to plug the pi directly into the cigarette lighter. So there's nothing to worry about.

I refer you to Murphy's Law*: "If anything can go wrong, it will"

And to another equally important saying: "The trouble with making anything foolproof, is that fools are so ingenious."

If it is even remotely possible to misconstrue a post in such a way that someone, somewhere, connects 5V equipment directly to a 12V supply, there is something to worry about. The likelihood may be low, but in a car the resulting incident could have very serious consequences.

* [OffTopic] Despite its widespread recognition, Murphy's Law is undervalued as a principle for improving the success and safety of engineering projects. Look it up on Wikipedia.[/OffTopic]
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Re: installing rpi in to car

Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:15 am

A 3 amp car switch to hardwire in the RPi and allowing it to shut down correctly is available at: http://mausberrycircuits.com/collection ... -switches/ I got this from a You-Tube video. Just passing it on. :)

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