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Thread: Beta testing for Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Car PC integration interface

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    Exclamation Beta testing for Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Car PC integration interface

    Guys,
    Now I've almost finished interface for the new Ford/Lincoln/Mercury OEM radios. The cables will be hear in about 3 weeks ( mid February ) and I'd like to ask you to participate in beta testing for these units.

    What is it ?
    CAR2PC interface allows PC to "communicate" with the stock headunit.
    It will play sound through the stock speakers, you will get control over your digital data and can display track information on your stock display.
    You will be able to assign any program/action on your PC when HU buttons are pressed.

    Why ?
    CAR2PC allows you to use your CarPC in a blind fashion without even using the touchscreen saving you time and money for installation. You still can have touchscreen but just use it for visual things like GPS or search only.
    You can place PC anywhere you want and "talk" to it from the very ergonomic and slick headunit keybord.

    Can I see the demo ?
    See the demo for VW Car2PC adapter: movie on my test bench (3Mb).

    Which frontend can use it ?
    Car2PC adapter has support for WinAmp, Windows Media Player, MWI and RR
    Here you can download these plugins/links:

    For all interested the CAR2PC interface library for Windows/Linux available in sf.net CVS. Just askk me if you're interested.

    Which HU it supports ?
    Ford Crown Victoria 1998-2002
    Ford Econoline 1998-2003
    Ford Escape 2001-2003
    Ford Excursion 2000-2003
    Ford Expedition 1999-2003
    Ford Explorer 1998-2003
    Ford F Series Pick Up 1998-2004 (NOT compatible w/2004 F-150)
    Ford Mustang 2001-2003
    Ford Ranger 1998-2003
    Ford Sport-Trac 2000-2003
    Ford Thunderbird 2002-2003
    Ford Windstar 1999-2003

    Lincoln Continental 1998-2002
    Lincoln LS 2000-2002
    Lincoln Navigator 1999-2003
    Lincoln Town Car 1998-2002

    Mercury Grand Marquis 1998-2002
    Mercury Mountaineer 1998-2003
    Mercury Villager 1999-2002 (w/o factory Video)

    How to install ?
    3 steps only:
    1. Place laptop, car PC or even Mac anywhere in a car. Secure and power it.
    2. Attach the adapter to your stock headunit (or CD changer cable in the trunk) and PC. Most original harness are included !
    3. Run the PC and get the sound from it on your speakers instantly after you switch you HU in CD changer mode !

    Can it serve as a AUX adapter ?
    Yes it can. You can connect your favourite MP3 player directly to your car's HU !

    What it look like ?
    I decided to make board looking good along with the enсlosure. Pics here:


    How to get it ?
    It is available only for beta testing purpose. Please sign up here:
    http://car2pc.com/ford_beta.html
    It is only for US testers. Sorry for inconvenience
    Units will be $39 for US testers (includes $20 refund)

    Current status ?
    Beta testing is just started.
    Get your hands on one here: http://car2pc.com/ford_beta.html

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
    Car pc integration with ease
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    Will this work for Mazda (I.e. Ford)? I have a 06 mazda6. Let me know I am interested.

    Edit: Nevermind. Only goes up to 03 fords anyway. Do you have on that works for Mazda?

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    Mazda will be available for beta later in February...
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    Excellent! Count me in for Feb.

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    Hi, this is a great news. Will it work for Ford 2003 F-150 with in-dash 6 cd changer? It seems like there are NO OTHER WAYm unless I use terrible FM Tranmitter. THanks!

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    What about '07 Focus, I believe that it's the same as '04+ F-150 and Mustang too? Any plans for those?

    I know there's an AUX in adapter for it on Crutchfield, but it doesn't interface with computer.

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    thats pretty bad A$$, i could have definately used that in my 98 explorer back in the day, good job!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rembo666 View Post
    What about '07 Focus, I believe that it's the same as '04+ F-150 and Mustang too? Any plans for those?

    I know there's an AUX in adapter for it on Crutchfield, but it doesn't interface with computer.
    I think newer Ford use CAN bus. We will work on it. I think April is a timeframe for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oogie View Post
    Hi, this is a great news. Will it work for Ford 2003 F-150 with in-dash 6 cd changer? It seems like there are NO OTHER WAYm unless I use terrible FM Tranmitter. THanks!
    Can you post a pic of the stereo ?
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    Anyone else want to join ? We are about to sent it out...
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