you could almost use a spreadsheet or something like that.
or mod a gas usage trip meter to include additional data.
im sure someone here has probably done something along these lines
I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but it seemed the most relevant.
As a former truck driver, I have been exposed to the trade and what it consists of. One of the things that comes to mind when thinking of carputers is the pretrip checklist. Part of the DOT requirements for truck drivers before they could drive their truck each time was to complete a pretrip checklist, which consisted of many different things crucial to safe operation of the truck, such as tire pressure, oil level, light functionality, etc. If you're curious of what's on the list, click here.
I was wondering if this would be something beneficial to somehow incorporate into Road Runner, maybe a plugin that each user could customize how they want, and possibly a default list that every car would have. The benefit of such a list would be to check functionality of stuff such as lights, oil level, brakes, etc. Mainly stuff to prevent a ticket. And as you check everything, you could go through each item and check "works" or "needs attention" or something in between.
Just a suggestion.
Well it would be something that could be done with a touchscreen, such as pressing yes and no buttons. The company I used to work for had a Xata touchscreen computer that let you do exactly that. It would go through a short list of things you would check before you took off.
On an unrelated note, I noticed you live in Auckland, NZ. I have a very good friend that lives there.
Hmmmm this is intriguing.... A CarPC (Truck PC or whatever's) purpose it to make things easier on the driver. I am going to look into this further, and see if I can come up with something, like a touch screen version of that DOT list.
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Kinda reminds me of my rental car checklist I developed back when I used to do a lot of traveling for the government. I flew into Wash DC late one stormy night and my rental agency gave me a car with no wipers - that I didn't find out about till I was out of the lot and they had closed and locked the doors). After swimming to my hotel I wrote up a checklist akin to an aircraft preflight checklist so nothing like that would ever happen to me again.
That truck drivers checklist is pretty thorough. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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I got to thinking about this a little further.... I am not sure this would make anything easier Who wants to go check the tail lights, then go back inside to check it off on the screen. Seems like a standard clipboard would rule in this case
Good point. I know it's a small niche, but owner operators that intend to put a carputer (truckputer?) in their truck might like this, particularly for log purposes. Just a thought.
something that could you log stops in.
eg it makes a new line in the record / database each entry...
and i know here truckies have to stop and rest for x number of hours every y number of hours driving. this has to be by law, recorded in a logbook.
so an easy back-up function for the data would be essential too.
tho as long as it makes some sort of file you can read elsewhere any back up program would work there
stone.. you ever been to nz? and the chances of knowing your mate would be 1:1400000 ish still its a small city