Newbie needs help with design for a new build.
After many years I am finally ready to build my car computer, I have been kicking the idea around for an all in one car computer for around 5 years. About 15 years ago I had a old dell desktop with a 12VDC to ATX power supply to play my MP3’s, I had no display and a 16 key programmable keypad to cycle through the songs. This was before Napster became popular.
The last time I was active (around 5 years ago) the standard was a windows computer running your choice of front end, I tried Road Runner. Now I see there are many more options, Windows, Android, Tablets, Laptops. So I need some advice, I would like to build a system that fits in my Silverado truck, I am debating removing the factory radio and replacing it with the car computer but I would lose the car trouble noises (low gas, tire pressure, oil, Etc.). But if I do not replace the factory unit I need to locate a place for the touch screen control unit, which is doable. The main page for mp3car.com is showing a build in progress using android software that looks good, but I haven’t found a good description of front ends that will run on androids.
Anyway the completed system needs to have the following features:
• Sirius Radio
• HD radio
• MP3 playback
• Blue Tooth connection to smart phone (Hands free calling)
• Backup Camera
And these are optional:
• ODBII monitoring
• Other cameras, record front and back views.
I am comfortable using windows and Linux and have extensive electrical and networking skills. So building and assembling the system will not be a problem although fitting everything into the truck will be interesting. I have read around the forum and the gist is to pick the hardware then the software, but don’t you need to know the OS before picking hardware? So I am reaching out to get advice and knowledge to move me to the next step.
Thanks in advanced