My Volvo XC60 Andoid project (finished!!!)
I bought my Volvo XC60 without navigator, basically because I don't want to pay 3000 euros for a limited, closed and 2D navi.
I bought this tablet:
. Viewsonic Viewpad 7". capacitive 7" screen, 3G, WiFi, BT, G-sensor, multimedia, etc.
I have internet (through iPhone tethering), OBD-II (through BT), an inclinometer, On-road and Off-road navigators, etc, etc, etc.
I tried some front ends, but I think Android is friendly enough. This is my first screen:
All works good: the multimedia, navigators, menus, ...even, if I like the radio music, I can see author with Soundhound.
The tablet is connected to cigarette supply through USB (5V/2A), and to AUX input in car audio.
I also installed "noBlock" app to avoid blocked screen, and Softkeys app to use the classical four Android buttons with the touch. (I cannot use the hard buttons)
The tablet can stand up to 100 hours in "stand-by mode", and it starts autocatically when it detects external supply. When I stop the car, the tablet puts in a low battery mode. The Tasker application do it very well. But, if the car remains stopped more than 100 hours, the tablet shutdowns definitely and pressing the ON button is required to start it again.
And this is the "only" problem: I can't access the ON/OFF button because it is in the lateral side.
To understand the situation, here is my last project (a WinCE chinese GPS that breaks at few days)
So, I have two solutions:
- Assume I must disarm the car to push ON button when I return from holidays
- Extract the ON button (wiring two cables or any mechanical solution)
Any other solution/recommendation/idea?