i think it is a very interesting idea, and that it could really help for standard carputer installations, but as of now, most of the installs here are anything but standard, there are hundreds of members that have all wanted the exact same thing, but have all gone different directions with the idea.
there is a company called RapidRun, that makes something very similar to what you are talking about: http://www.parts-express.com/wizards...fg&srchMfg=400
the difference is that they make it for home audio distrobution, so it is not exactly what you are thinking of...
i think that a single cable connection/wire run is a great idea to get more people involved in putting a computer in their car-- the most daunting part of installing electronics anywhere, is "all those wires!" so even if you can remove part of the fear of wires from the install, it could really help.
i think i just his some short cust keys and my mesage went kaboom, did i hit eneter? well we used rapid run and i wanna di something similar but spesifically for car needs. after all we all use CAN Bus in our cars =) (ok if u gor 1978 corvet you got no cun bus, that my disclamer for picky ppl)
Originally Posted by tempgp
maybe i am seeing this differently than what you are thinking of--or just missreading it?--when you say one wire, i am thinking of one cable that would be used for everything that would need to go to the front of the car, and should be universal for all cars/installations(no CAN bus interface).
bringing up CAN bus has confused me on your ideas. most older cars do not have any sort of main computer network like CAN bus (varies with makes/models), and the cars that do have CAN bus can have different protocols between different manufacturers, i have also been under the impression that CAN bus protocols have been changed over the years, even with the same manufacturer..
While I think the idea is a good one, I can see that for most people it will not be much help.
As has already been said, most of us do not have a 'standard' install, if such a thing exists.
Also running one large diameter cable is obviously going to be tricky to do discreetly. Some cars will probably lap it up but others may not be able to hide it.
This is something that will probably come as the hobby gets more mainstream and standard units come out for all those non techy people who want to install one, but don't want to get their hands dirty.
However, by all means build one for yourself and your friends, get them to test and if it works well maybe you will be able to market it.
As a last line I will add that I am constantly changing my system and the way it is routed, what's connected and how they are connected, I think a lot of us do, so again a one size fits all just won't do it.
yeah no kidding.
Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
hey, if you let me have your car for a day i can rip out all the long cables, duct tape them together, put it back in your car and then you would have a system with special cables. just a couple hundred bucks, my labor is quality though.