My Volvo XC60 Andoid tablet (final images)
I bought my Volvo XC60 without navigator, basically because I don't want to pay 3000 euros for a limited, closed and 2D navi.
I was looking for an android tablet because of easy integration and the thousands of free or cheap applications available.
I bought this tablet:
. Viewsonic Viewpad 7". capacitive 7" screen, 3G, WiFi, BT, G-sensor, multimedia, etc.
I have internet (WiFi/3G), OBD-II (Torque), an inclinometer, On-road (Sygic) and Off-road (TwoNav) navigators, etc, etc, etc.
I bought a cheap bluetooth OBDII sensor in DealExtreme (the blue one) and it works good.
I tried some front ends, but I think Android is friendly enough.
All works good: the multimedia, navigators, OBDII, ...even, if I like the radio music, I can see author with Soundhound.
The tablet is connected to cigarette supply through USB wire (5V/2A).
The 3.5mm sound output is connected to my car AUX input
I also installed "noBlock" app to avoid blocked screen, and "Softkeys" app to use the classical four Android buttons with the touchscreen. (I cannot use the hard buttons because there is no space to show them)
The tablet can stand up to 100 hours in "stand-by mode", and it starts automatically when it detects external supply. When I stop the car, the tablet puts in a low battery mode. The Tasker application do it very well. But, if the car remains stopped more than 100 hours, the tablet shutdowns definitely and pressing the ON button is required to start it again.
Well, if once a yaer I need to push On button, it takes 3 minutes to open the dash and press the button.
I love Tasker. You can automatize tasks as:
. send an email/sms when you are arriving home
. send me an email with gps position if car is moving without me inside
. change sound volume depending on speed
. change screen light depending on date/time
The car integratin was easy. I bought the original Volvo navigator version dash, with the 7" hole in it, so I change the closed dash for navigator dash. Then, I fit the tablet in this correct position.
Here some images...