If you have never heard of crowd sourced maps, checkout our previous blog post here or an example of a growing Philippine map in timelapse.
At Nokia world 2009, Navteq announced they will be crowdosourcing map, routing, and traffic data. Twice has a good overview. Also see a recent Google's blog entry about google's crowd sourcing strategy.
jKontherun reports that iphone users can utilize but aren't contributing to Google's arterial data. Google was quoted as saying “The Google Maps application that comes pre-installed on the iPhone can display live traffic, but Apple devices do not participate in the traffic crowdsourcing.”
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I was recently given the opportunity to complete a review of scantool.nets OBDlink CI by mp3 car. After having tested The OBDlink CI on multiple makes and models I've found it's limited to vehicles newer than 2004. It does however work very well on all the U.S. Models as well as Honda's and Toyota's. This tool is also very simple to work with, after loading the software and choosing the correct com port I was up and running. It picked up multiple trouble codes and monitored each sensor on the vehicle just as accurately as my $2000 snap on scanner.
See the full version OBDLink scan tool on the mp3Car Store here or the product review here. (this model is compatible with most cars 1996 and newer)
After trying a couple more things to get the scanner to work on older vehicles and failing I contacted Vitaliy through the scantool.net forum because the new CI can have firmware upgrades made to it. I thought he would have some insight as to how I could set up the CI to work on vehicles like my 2001 Focus, or my fathers 2002 Cadillac DHS. Instead I was delightfully surprised at how personable and helpful he was (customer service is worth more than anything to me these days). Although there was no software or means to get the unit to work on older vehicles hen explained people that purchased the Cl were eligible to get a discount on the new OBDLINK which was coming out soon. We however worked out a deal where I would also get to review the new OBDLINK. So the pluses are; Easy to load software, Easy to hook everything up, works great on vehicles newer than 2004. Easy to read sensor information, DTC's are not only shown but the description is given as well. Negatives; This unit only works on vehicles newer than 2004.
Updated 12-26-2009 at 08:42 AM by Jensen2000
Rob Wray from mp3Car Talks with Mike L. about his car computer install. What is unique about this install is the use of Garmin Mobile. Although it may look like it Garmin is not running in Centrafuse, it's the stand alone program.
Mike also has a VNC client for his windows mobile device that allows him to interact with his phone from using the touch screen instead of having to use the small 2 inch screen on the phone.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:37 PM by optikalefx
Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look at Greg's car PC. Greg's Lexus has been tricked out with some very clean looking computer components.
Under the stock flip down panel reveals the normal Lexus screen. Greg has re-wired the open button to allow it switch the video input over to Centrafuse.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:39 PM by optikalefx
Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look at Centrafuse 3.0 with Eric Brier. Eric shows how Centrafuse 3 is now much more modular than previous versions. The goal is to make Centrafuse more available to developers to expand the application that only a community can provide.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:41 PM by optikalefx