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Thread: Carputer build, setup and design

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    Set-up that is canned for electronic control of air bag suspension

    Coming from an electronic back ground and always been into custom vehicles I put together a system that uses touch screen control and well as a program to run air suspensions.

    The link below shows a very early preliminary demo on a front/back truck. I am installing my system on a FBSS system within a month and will blow minds with my set-up. Available for sale.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OArqKEvXd6U

    Yeah, a PC is a bad idea, any company that needs mission critical performance will build dedicated circuits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    .....For a computer to run climate control, you're going to have to find someone to code the interface for it. It can be done, especially if the climate control is electronic and not vacuume controlled......
    As for the interface of the climate control. My electrician was the head electical engineer for the company that built my car in the first place. Holden so i think we should be able to get through this pretty easily with some wiring diagrams or something put in our back pocket.

    I can think of anything else we could possibly do using the computer.

    I have shaved all the door handles and petrol cap so these features are not avaialble to be added. Same with Electric aerial.

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    sure those features can be added.

    Any time someone does those things, they usually program a button on their alarm remote to pop the doors. The same thing can be done with a button on the screen and a few relays. Same with the trunk and hood, windows, seat positions, steering column positions. Lighting control, led lighting control. Remote control of home products (lights, sprinklers, alarm, etc). There's a ton of stuff that can be done. Just depends on how nuts you want to get with it.

    and I'm gathering then that the AC controls are electronic and not vacuum?
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    The Climate control on the car i electric. I know there is a little whose going to thie back of the unit, but i beleive this is for a temp sensor or something and i know plays up when not iin the back of the unit. My electrition

    Basically, I want to remove as many buttons and switches from the existing dash and car as possible.

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    OBD-II functionality would allow you to show gauges on the computer and be able to remove them from the dash if so desired.
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    Australian Design Rules (ADRs) require that specific gauges be directly infront of the driver. Mini Cooper had this issue with the tacho being low centre near the stereo. They ended up converting the tacho to a clock and installing an ugly tacho behind the steering wheel.

    It may be an idea to maybe have an external screen replacing the standard dash that displays the gauges. That would be original. For Australia anyway

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    Good to know about Australia!

    Sucks for custom builders though...
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    Made in Australia, by the good folks at MoTeC

    ok, so it isn't in the form of 'gauges', but... I like it.

    And for air conditioning controls, search the forum for Aircon, I've just recieved one of the new designs.
    (I haven't put it together yet, but it seems to be sound. I will post a review on it when I have it up and running, or give up because it won't work.)
    It's been a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    Made in Australia, by the good folks at MoTeC

    ok, so it isn't in the form of 'gauges', but... I like it.
    I wonder what the cost of this is and what it takes to implement it in the car. Can it connect to the car PC or do you have to run a seperate processing unit for it?

    And for air conditioning controls, search the forum for Aircon, I've just recieved one of the new designs.
    (I haven't put it together yet, but it seems to be sound. I will post a review on it when I have it up and running, or give up because it won't work.)
    turns out that when I search for 'aircon' I find a unit for vacuum controlled units, but nothing for electrically controlled ones. Any advice for us?

    This was what I found: http://www.roshanindustries.com/mp3pumphouse/Aircon.htm
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    The new version (Aircon2) unit is for controlling servos, as well as digitial output, it's a bit more flexible now, but imho, in no way a finished product. As for the MoTeC display, its actually a datalogger as well, I believe, and meant to be used with one of their EFI/Ignition controllers.http://www.motec.com/products/dash/adl2dash.htm says that it can be set up as a stand alone dash also. It's been around a while, and is in large part what got me hooked on carpc's.
    It's been a while...

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