Thinking about clarion autopc/joyride vs carpc
Hey, Im have a few questions. Im thinking about buying something that would serve as my navi unit along with the usual radio/cd/cdchanger stuff and a few toys if thats possible :) Now in my car 97 M3 I have very limited space
Here are a few issues that I have:
1. If I was to buy a clarion unit.
How is autopc? the old 310c It seemed pretty outdated from a few conversations that I had. I dont belive it would even play mp3s since the cpu is some old hitachi h3 33mhz cpu.... Along with the gps issues like long recalculations times and gps drifting...
1b. Clarion Joyride which is the new version of autopc.
That has a "better" cpu. Its a normal x86 so that opens up a few capabilities of messing with it. Is that unit much bettter? anyone had expeirences with them? Is there a development kit for any of the clarions stuff?
2. Since my space is very limited are there any other units that have headunit size lcds?... I dont really want one of those motorized lcds sticking out of my dash for some reason. Is any of that stuff wince/win/linux based?
3. If I was to install a normal computer in my car, are there any lcds that would fit in the space where the headunit goes? I really dont want to get a motirized lcd ( one of those alpine units and such ). How are those supported by windows/linux? Is it just like a small monitor or is there special software for them?
4. What software for pc is good? I tested a few applications for voice recognition ( dragon naturaly speaking and ibms stuff ) and I wasnt pleased with them. I cant imagine them working in the car where you have wind noice,music,bumps and other stuff.
Any advice would be great.