Honda Accord System Theory
Iíve been in the process of saving for a new car for about 3 years, and believe in about 6 months Iíll finally have amassed enough to secure a decent ride. In general Iím a modest fellow, and at this time I believe the current generation Honda Accord fits that which I seek in a car-- Unsurpassed reliability, 4-cylinder efficiency, safety, civil ride character, roominess, manual transmission, leather, and navigation. Hondaís the only manufacturer that offers everything I want (while, for instance, most auto makers force you to get a V-6 or lame automatic transmission if you want, say, navigation).
Iíve harbored intention to build a carputer system for years-- There was never any doubt that Iíd undergo such a project; I only needed a decent car to make the job worthwhile. And the system currently planned: Mac Mini with Front Row-- Self contained, portable, relatively efficient; except for comparatively few applications, itís the perfect computer system for car use. Iíll be building a docking station for easy comings and goings (likely modifying this: http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/review/...ac_mini_stands ).
In any event, The Accord EX with leather (the trim line Iíll likely be getting), comes standard with XM Radio; something I donít care much about. After the 3-month trial period Iíll NOT be renewing the subscription, and I figure Iíll disconnect and remove the XM head unit and use the pre-existing audio inputs to interface my computer system with the stock audio. This makes things considerably easier than hacking in, otherwise.
The more difficult issue will be tying in to the existing touch screen navigation monitor-- I am hoping that the stock CD/AUX button on the center dash (which you press to toggle between the 6-disc CD changer and XM Radio), might also include video switching-- As in, displaying data from the XM Radio module. But Iím not sure about the video part without actually having the Accord to test function.
If anyone has any experience with the current generation Accord, including who makes the touch screen, etc., Iíd very much appreciate input. I favor complete stock appearance, and intend to build my system so that youíd never be able to tell any modification was made-- Yet still have the full function of an onboard computer.
Itís still a long way off, but Iíll fully document my project once I finally get going.
Again, I'd really appreciate incite into the Accordís electronics if anyone here on the site knows anythingÖ