I own a BMW E46 325i 2001
I have read numerous posts and got really interested in the idea of placing a complete PC solution into my car
However I have a couple of questions:
I have a right hand-side drive and most if not all images and mods are done on left hand-side drive, will this work for right-hand side?
I would also be more interested in adding additional mods for USB plug-ins in front of the dash close to the monitor (most likely place would be to add USB extension cables using the accessory grid – where traction control buttons are, etc…)
I would like to know more about the car specifications which I think won't be easily given by the dealerships (ie: wiring schematics, computer on-board input/outputs):
I want to write my own software to integrate almost ALL possible ideas and solutions, which I will most probably distribute here once finalized as I want to start making my car “alive” ie:
When hooked up to GPS navigation systems, to automatically put on your indicator 5 meters before you turn and turn it off as soon as you have finished turning (obviously all options will be configurable and customizable).
I would also like to integrate voice activation to let you control you entire PC with voice prompt (which will in turn control certain functions in your car) and interconnection with mobile phones, etc. the idea list I have is huge.
The sky is the limit (once I get the PC into my car) – which is my first obvious step
But I first need to start with the basics and work my way from there.
I cannot decide if I should use an ITX carputer or a laptop (as I have seen some users do)?
I like the idea of mounting a carputer (fixed) into the car, however my boot space seems a bit little:
Any assistance and advice would be greatly appreciated!
Just above the ashtray you will see I have a button called 'Asc': I want to add extra extended USB cables from the boot to add them next to this button.
I also want to put the LCD screen where the radio currently is and move the aircon down and remove the extra holder above the ashtray.
My problem is a bit with boot space:
(left side of the boot - I assume the guys normally remove the CD shuttle section to place the PC in there)?
(right side of the boot - the battery is below the black holder, which I am not sure if it is a good idea to place PC there as I might need space if I need to get to to battery)?
Again I would really appreciate any advice and assitance or help that could be offered, in any form, wheather it be products to purchase and use.
Just know I want a powerfull PC As I want 2GB of RAM with atleast 2.4GHZ duo core, or nano...
As I also have plans later to add two extra monitors in the head rests for other passangers to be able to view and interact with (on the same PC), thus I would require something powerful.
Will keep you posted and thanks.