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  • Archos 5 IMT (Android) in a Pontiac G6

    Hi all! I'm new to this whole hobby, and would appreciate some experienced folks taking a look at my project, as well as hearing any advice and pointers anyone has to offer!

    I have a 2009 Pontiac G6 with the "premium sound" package. The speakers are just fine but the 6-CD changer head unit doesn't even support MP3 discs, so I've been planning on replacing or augmenting it with something superior.

    I'm still rather uncertain about pulling out the factory hardware and replacing it with something custom, at least for the time being. I'm not worried about the engineering so much as the finish work - I want it to look authentic if I do it.

    So today I discovered the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, which runs Google Android. I've decided to use this as the basis for an add-on carputer. I plan on using a friction mount to have it up on the dash, and to keep it powered via an aftermarket auto adapter. Audio will be fed into the factory unit's AUX input.

    I'm a little wary of using the disk version of the tablet, so I've settled on the 32GB flash model. It's thinner, will probably consume less power, and will probably take the day-to-day punishment of being in a car environment better.

    32 GB is not enough space for music though, so I want to add an external hard drive, which I'm planning on mounting in the center console (the G6 has a nice and roomy console, with a 12V lighter socket inside). I'm thinking of using a smaller laptop drive that can run off of USB power. I will put a USB hub in the console, powered off of the 12V port there.

    I'm also thinking of adding OBD support via bluetooth, any suggestions on what model adapter is best?

    I really like having the steering wheel controls, so I'm thinking of having some sort of USB keypad mounted on the center console, programmed to skip through tracks/albums/etc.

    So, does this sound reasonable? Are there any major concerns that I'm overlooking?


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    It sounds like you are trying to keep your current stereo, and add on the tablet pc, correct me if I'm wrong. Either way, the disk based version should be fine, tons of people, myself included, run regular spinning disk hard drives in their carputers without issues.
    The main concerns with that unit that I would have are :
    1. The Size of the screen(4.8" is pretty small for a car environment touchscreen)
    2. Powering it (Cig adapter is the prettiest, or always safest thing)
    3. How well adapted the software is for mobile use

    The major one is the last one, I haven't used android devices much so I don't really know for sure, but if it isn't each to access the music and navigate around in general, it will not only be a major pain but a potential hazard while driving. I'd look into video demos or something and try to decide it if will work for you.

    As for the OBD, I haven't used any of those so I can't offer any help there, The keypad should be doable, but I don't know with Android...
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