Thanks for all of the useful info everyone has posted to these forums.
I'm looking for ways to interface my pc w/ instruments mounted on the vehicle. I see some people are using OBDII to gather stats. Because of personal (possible paranoia?) problems (a little alliteration?), I have no interest in using such a system. In addition, its not installed on my vehicle.
What I'd like to do is capture info such as fan speed, battery voltage, fuel usage, EGT, fluid temps, etc. I'm not too concerned about designing the sensors. I think the more difficult part is getting the info from the sensors back into the PC.
What are you folks using to do this? I realize most people on this site are more into the entertainment side of having a pc in the car. If someone knows of a more appropriate site, please forward it too me.
I'm leaning to a PC104 based solution where the SBC and modules would receive the info and then hand it off to the entertainment PC for storage/massaging/display on the screen I now use for music selection/etc. I wouldn't be opposed to pulling the data into the PC though. Devices to do this must be compatible w/ Linux or be able to modified so that they are.
Once back in the driveway, the PC will pick up the wireless net and handoff the info to one of the servers for archival/etc.