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  • Street Deck for Offroad Vehicles

    Greetings!

    I know I am newbie... I know what I want and what many others like me want.

    I am active in overland (expedition) travel, and in fact own a store that sells such equipment for outfitting a vehicle to suit these needs. Most of the expedition vehicles are equipped with a GPS, Laptop, XM/Sirius, Ipod, vehicle Camera systems, portable DVD players, ect. So my thought is why not have it all in one unit? Thus I discovered the Street Deck in my research and think it will fit my needs, and my customers.

    I did a search and it seems as if most forum members laugh at the off-road guys and their quests for an in vehicle PC. The fact is that many of the overland vehicles are already equipped with mounted Laptops, and are put up to the vibrations, dust, heat and freezing so it seems very feasible that a unit such as this would suit the needs, and indeed work.

    So with that said, would the Street Deck be a good replacement for the above mentioned products as an all in one deal?

    Thanks,
    Wil

  • #2
    The current model isn't ruggedized anymore then a laptop, but it can be more securely fastened and should hold up just at least as good as a laptop and will certainly be less cluttered then having all those devices.

    One of the example plugins we will be releasing with the developer edition is aimed at GPS tracking when off road.
    StreetDeck.com Developer (I am Chuck)
    Get StreetDeck at http://www.streetdeck.com
    The Official StreetDeck Forums have moved, please visit us at http://www.streetdeck.com/forum for official support for Streetdeck.

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    • #3
      A nice alternative could be our xtronic system, which is a little more ruggedized and can be fitted with solid state harddisk for the operating system and mapdata, with an external harddisk for media if needed.

      We're not as ready as the streetdeck guys, so you'd have to wait a little longer...

      Sorry for the threadjack.
      List of front-ends/usefull apps
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      • #4
        God of CPU -

        There is an antishock mount kit for the current streetdeck bundle. This would work well in an off road enviorment. I have also done a lot of off roading. Great idea!....time to fire up the 4wd demo car.... Too bad it is a highlander.

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        • #5
          I think that anti shock mounts ar great. A simple rubber tab goes a long way to absorb vibrations down washboard roads. For example on board air compressors are mounted with rubber feet. A simple "L" bracket and rubber above and under the "_" portion of the L would most likely work.

          As for the software, Topo integration, would be great!

          I am not sure if either CPU or Fiberoptic work for street deck, but I have yet to get a reply to e-mail inqiry to Street Deck.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JC-S60
            A nice alternative could be our xtronic system, which is a little more ruggedized and can be fitted with solid state harddisk for the operating system and mapdata, with an external harddisk for media if needed.

            We're not as ready as the streetdeck guys, so you'd have to wait a little longer...

            Sorry for the threadjack.

            Looks like a great product, however, shipping from Belgium could be a burden. That is doesn't mean it isn't an option, but, I'll have to wait until you get more data up on your site.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by flyingwil
              I think that anti shock mounts ar great. A simple rubber tab goes a long way to absorb vibrations down washboard roads. For example on board air compressors are mounted with rubber feet. A simple "L" bracket and rubber above and under the "_" portion of the L would most likely work.

              As for the software, Topo integration, would be great!

              I am not sure if either CPU or Fiberoptic work for street deck, but I have yet to get a reply to e-mail inqiry to Street Deck.
              I must've missed your e-mail, however, all sales inquiries should be directed to ZipLock.
              StreetDeck.com Developer (I am Chuck)
              Get StreetDeck at http://www.streetdeck.com
              The Official StreetDeck Forums have moved, please visit us at http://www.streetdeck.com/forum for official support for Streetdeck.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by flyingwil
                Looks like a great product, however, shipping from Belgium could be a burden. That is doesn't mean it isn't an option, but, I'll have to wait until you get more data up on your site.
                We will soon have more info online, and hopefully find a distributor in the USA too...
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                • #9
                  rubber feet on the mounts, good idea.
                  As far as the software, I also use Delorme Topo 5. It's got great topographical maps. I wish I had it back when I would do hardcore off-roading.

                  Don

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Don 944 LA
                    rubber feet on the mounts, good idea.
                    As far as the software, I also use Delorme Topo 5. It's got great topographical maps. I wish I had it back when I would do hardcore off-roading.

                    Don

                    Delorme is a great product! Now to just get a system that integrates and incorporates it all is what I am after, and am wondering if StreetDeck can do it.

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                    • #11
                      delorme

                      I would also like to see Delorme implemented, the 3D Topoquads map software is what I use for offroad nav, very detailed and useful. The maps are actual raster images of USGS 7.5 Min quad sheets scanned and pasted seamlessly. The Topo USA maps mentioned earlier are not as detailed, but do cover multi-state areas.

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                      • #12
                        Hello mr me-tooer

                        http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=70080

                        I'm just going to say that I'm determined to build the same thing but better, and that if you provide it- well, I'll just have to draw on my financial reserves to underprice you until I have the market share I want.

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                        • #13
                          There is a market... now we just need a supplier!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tostitos
                            Hello mr me-tooer

                            http://mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=70080

                            I'm just going to say that I'm determined to build the same thing but better, and that if you provide it- well, I'll just have to draw on my financial reserves to underprice you until I have the market share I want.
                            I don't get it...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by flyingwil
                              There is a market... now we just need a supplier!
                              True Solid State Disks are just not cost effective. Talking hundreds/GB. And most that are an IDE 40/44 pin-compatible 2.5 form-factor are mil-spec. and over priced accordingly.

                              Boot from flash drives (i.e. Compact Flash) is just stupid. Windows' continual pagefile/hiberfile writes will burn them up in no time. You could try to implement SD on a CF bootable platform using XPE and the Enhanced Write Filter that MSFT licensed. But that is a static-state OS hibernate once/resume many compromise. Any updates/changes to the static runtime image are cumbersome and difficult to deploy to customers. And you still would need a media drive.

                              4-6 GB microdrives are fairly shock resistant but would still require a media drive which isn’t necessarily as shock and temperature resistant. So you could boot the OS and SD but then have no access to NAV maps, MP3's etc.

                              A good fairly ruggedized shipping alternative are the Hitachi Endurastar drives. They’re slow but shock and temperature resistant, have fluid bearings and have impact predictive logic built in.

                              The bright spot on the horizon for mobile applications are hybrid hard drives that use volatile RAM caching offload to allow the disk to be spun-down for a good portion of the time that an ordinary disk would otherwise be spun-up and active. But to take advantage of that you’ll need Vista (or its embedded offshoot) and with that comes DX10, top-heavy DRM and Vista Avalon GUI video requirements etc.

                              Long and short of it is there is currently no cost-effective way to bullet-proof mobile platforms for in-car computing without defense-appropriations-sized budgets. Everything spinning at any RPM is a failure waiting to happen and price/performance/reliability trade-offs continue to apply.

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