My fascination for a carputer started when I saw the Tuner Tricks Mini Mac Install. However the 300c demo car by west coast customs really inspired me to start a project. I drive a 1997 Volvo S70 but since I am in the process of buying a new car in a couple of months I decided to work on my wifeís BMW E46 and buy her a new car instead in a couple of months.
Why I decided to opt for the E46? I have been looking at touch screens and bezels and so far the best one Iíve seen so far is the one fabricated by (SRCSTC) great job man. The E46 has one of the best optimal positions for a touch screen.
I kinda set my mind on the hardware and I just need some help and advice on the software. If you have any hardware advice as well then I am all ears. Hardware I am planning in two stages
MP3Car Custom Car Computer (OPUS)
Xenarc 700TSV Touch Screen
Wifi and Bluetooth
Pocket PC PDA
Alpine 12" Subs removed from my Volvo Install + Amplifier
Alpine PXA-H700 Multimedia Managerô,Digital Signal Processor/Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro-Logic/Dolby Pro-Logic ll/DTS Decoder
Rudeo Control for Media Player
Change all the factory speakers and add an Alpine Amp
My mind has been set on the hardware but I still can't make up my mind on the software.
Xenarc has the iMobile
There's the Frodo player
and Media car
I would really appreciate it if you can advise me on the most appropriate Software.
The things I want to do with car puter other than listening to MP3s is
Connecting the carputer to the OBDC and to retain the controls on the steering wheel
Scheduling appointments and Active sync (this I can do using Outlook)
Checking my emails (using outlook)
Another thing I want to do is well is sync my car puter to my home network and hot spots in the city.
I hope you guys can help me out as this is my first major ICE install and I want to perfect it.