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  1. DashCommand for iPhone

    by , 07-07-2009 at 11:24 AM


    Sean from mp3Car reviews DashCommand for iPhone from Palmer Performance.

    DashCommand stems from its window's counterpart that has been long since in car computers. It offers a wireless connection to your OBD2 port to bring you a ton of engine diagnostic tools.

    With DashCommand for iPhone you can see all your available PID's in multiple skins, follow your acceleration and braking, see your g-forces going around turns, read your car's angle while driving, and keep all of this data for a log.

    The only downside to DashCommand is that you can't swipe between screens, and that you need to tell it to switch to landscape or portrait mode before the sensor graphics look correct. That is because you will be able to customize the dash boards in later version.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:56 PM by optikalefx

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    Products and Technology
  2. Information Overload: CNX P2140 ACPI over USB to control your laptop Hibernate part 2

    by , 07-02-2009 at 03:07 PM


    Goce from mp3Car takes us through the steps to use your p2140 to hibernate and wake up from hibernation of your laptop.

    Materials needed:
    -Laptop
    -CNX P2140
    store.mp3car.com/Carnetix_CNX_P2140_185W_DC_DC_Regulator_p/pwr-026.htm
    -PSUmoni
    carnetix.com/support.html
    -Vehicle installation

    Make sure you watch our last video to learn how to wire the p2140 to power your laptop!

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:57 PM by optikalefx

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    How To Videos , Products and Technology
  3. Open Source Turn by Turn iPhone App using Open Street Maps - Navit

    by , 06-30-2009 at 10:34 AM


    Navit is an open source turn by turn directions app using the free Open Street Maps.

    It is important to note that both the app and the routing engine, along with the map data are all Open Source!

    The app is in beta still and can be downloaded using Cydia.
    Add this source http://szndvc.dyndns.org/cydia/
    and then search for "navit"

    You need a planet.bin file of the Open street maps data. You can use this http://maps.navit-project.org/planet.bin but they have a tool that lets you select a portion of the map to download.
    http://maps.navit-project.org/download/
    That file will go on your iPhone at var/mobile/Media/Maps/planet.bin

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:57 PM by optikalefx

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    Products and Technology
  4. Community Generated Map Data - Passive Vs. Active / Teleatlas Vs. Openstreetmaps

    by , 06-25-2009 at 11:14 AM


    There has been a lot of discussion about community generated maps. Cloudmade and openstreetmap have made immense progress, but their big drawback is that it required active user input to have the data be routable or reliable. Teleatlas has jumpstarted community generated maps by releasing a paid passively generated database that has been created and augmented by free passive user inputs. (teleatlas press release )

    In this Youtube interview Rik Temmink boasts 7 million reports in 18 months which have generated 1 trillion gps measurements on the road network. He describes the beauty of passive user inputs.
    The big drawback here is that Teletlas is now charging for these maps generated by their users. Why can't we hack our PDAs, phones, and other devices to create free maps? Most people don't think about the super high costs of map data. Hopefully the community can unite:

    • Collecting and sharing GPS data
    • Writing an algorithm to process this data into routable and usable information
    • Cleaning up open source algorithms to use this new data
    • Make the data free and globally available

    There are a lot of business and innovation blocks created when you have a monopoly of map data providers(Teleatlas/Navteq). How do we fix this?

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:12 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News
  5. Via makes ivp-7500 automotive platform? Hmmm. We think Not.

    by , 06-25-2009 at 09:00 AM
    Back in march VIA announced the new automotive ivp-7500 (press release ). The announcement got some press from slashgear , crunchgear and has spurred discussions on our forums . Via claims onboard support for Bluetooth and GPS, which in all reality appear to just be add on modules. It seems like VIA took an off the shelf board, slapped on a few modules and rebranded old tech to create the appearance of an automotive solution. This might be perfect for a hobbyist or an R&D lab but you can forget about auto provider shipping silicone with a 0c-60c spec. If someone from VIA would like to explain the press release in more details, please post on the forums or e-mail us. We would be happy to write some revised commentary if there is something we are missing. Talk about this Blog post on our forums.


    Continue discussion here on our forums.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:12 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News