G35 coupe - Vaio UX390N UMPC
So, this is the result of reading this forum and not being able to ignore all the cool projects that are showed off here constantly.
I've worked on cars for some time now and I decided fully integrating a PC into one of my cars was a cool idea. I came up with the following list of requirements:
- software is not quite there yet, so it couldn't be the primary stereo/navigation
- had 3 break-in attempts with one of my other cars when I used to park on the street so it needed to be removable.
- all controls would be located on the unit itself, no messy external keyboards, mice..etc.
- easy to reverse the installation in case I decided to go another way in the future.
This is what I came up with:
- Vaio UX390N
- External 500GB USB hard disk with shock sensor
- USB sound card
- USB OBD interface (USB powered so it doesn't drain the battery)
- Plug and play interfaces with the OEM nav/stereo
- USB "squid" so you can charge/connect a variety of USB devices (located under the arm rest)
In essence, the UX has everything a car computer needs:
- SSD for fast boot times and vibration resistance
- Wifi, bluetooth and WWAN (I have this set up with tmobile)
- Built in keyboard, touch screen and mouse knob.
- Battery so it can run independently from the car
I modified the cup holder (still have holders on the door) to fit the base that comes with the UX that has a bunch of expansion ports. I plugged in a USB hub into the base so the cables would not be visible and added a USB sound card, USB OBDPROS OBD interface, and a 500GB hard disk with a shock sensor to hold media. No wires were harmed, tapped or spliced in the making of this mod. The UX connects to the car's headunit and nav unit via plug and play interfaces that use the stock wiring harness. All components are located under the center console and are tied down/isolated to make sure there is no additional noise coming from them. Power is provided by an iGo adapter that connects to the 12V outlet under the arm rest.
I have to say that I am loving this mod so far. The only issues I am having for now are with centrafuse, which still has a long way to go before it is where I would like it to be.
I hope you guys like it...I know the bar around here is pretty high :)