Introduction To STAC Car Computer

The purpose of the build out is to take a 100% analog vehicle and bring in modern creature comforts and a modern driveline. In addition to this I will be integrating a few technology tools that are developed at my current work.


In the morning I would like to walk out to my car, walk up to the door and have it unlock for me. If it greeted me in Jarvis’ voice from Ironman I would like that too.

When it sees me leave, I would like to be a little sad and then lock the door.

That is to be determined.



Below are the features that I would like to have in place for the acceptable delivery.

  • OBD2 Integration
  • Biometric Entry (Face Unlock)
  • Keyless Entry
  • Alarm
  • Stereo Setup
  • Navigation
  • IoT Syncing
  • Anti-Theft
  • Blackbox Recording
  • Driving and Backup Cameras
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Accelerometer - axis tilt


Obviously this was a research heavy experiment. I didn’t really know how I was going to go about it. And there aren’t a ton of plug&play solutions. Which I kinda liked. I used to help my dad build computers as a kid. Actually I just used to hand him stuff and sit there bored. Fun fact - back then the computers weighed as much as my car.


I will add to these from time to time. This is probably the only section I will update long term.


Reasonable PCs

A $250 PC with a solid power supply.

This is what I eventually went with some days later:

Some notable mentions:

  • $299
  • Intel® Celeron® Processor N3350 (2M Cache, 1.10 GHz), with turbo boost up to 2.4 GHz
  • 2GB DDR3L SO-DIMM Memory (1x2GB)
  • 500GB 5.4K RPM SATA 2.5” Hard Drive
  • 1 x RS-232 (DB-9) COM Ports
  • 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB2.0 Ports
  • 2 x Full-size PCI Express Mini Card Slots (USB + PCIe), 1 x SIM Slot
  • Wireless Module (Optional)
  • Built-in Dual HDMI 1.4b Ports
  • Built-in 2 x GbE LAN
  • 12V/36W Power Adapter

Locked Down Hardware

These seem to be custom built specifically for car integration.

2-3 week lead time. Too tight for our needs.

Batteries Not Included

Nice components. But I would have to assemble everything myself.

UK. probably wouldn’t get here in time.

Automotive Specific

Car TFT had a lot of full featured components such as navigation. They also had hardened computers that would end up in the Way Too Expensive category

The Way Too Expensive

This one is their mini rugged coming in at almost $1400!

A great option but a little bit outside the price range.

  • $478.00
  • Quad-Core Intel Pentium N4200 processor
  • Dual LAN, options for 4G, Movidius, and multi-CEC functionality
  • TPM via Intel Platform Trust Technology

These looked rugged and they priced them dearly to boot. ``


Google Android It looks like they are making a very weak attempt at entering the market.



This one looks to be the most full featured.


This looks to be an interface for the OBD2. It’s sort of a monitor tool. There is a ton of things packed into that little plug.