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.

Scenario

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.

Arduino

Features

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

Research

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.

Resources

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

Hardware

Reasonable PCs

A $250 PC with a solid power supply.

http://www.mini-box.com/SYS-M350-ASUS-J4005I-C-Intel-Celeron-ITX-M3-ATX-HV?sc=8&category=1543

http://www.mini-box.com/Complete-CarPC-Systems

This is what I eventually went with some days later:

Some notable mentions:

https://www.bsicomputer.com/products/ebox100-312-fl-16278?gclid=CjwKCAiAwojkBRBbEiwAeRcJZE_dSibZm5DoXb6_yM9Rdmd5E2I4_gdONnFIA4sao9jQ2wkfpxE46RoCvLIQAvD_BwE

  • $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.

https://e3io.com/hideaway-unit

Batteries Not Included

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

http://www.mini-box.com/Car-PC-System-Components

UK. probably wouldn’t get here in time.

https://www.in-carpc.co.uk/products/view/cq15-fanless-vehicle-pc

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

https://www.cartft.com/ https://www.cartft.com/catalog/enthusiast

The Way Too Expensive

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

https://www.spartonre.com/littlepcs/fanless-mini-pcs/lpc-810-ultra-small-rugged-fanless-mini-pc/

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

https://www.logicsupply.com/cl210g-11/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrei2noT74AIVZB6tBh3thA5CEAYYAyABEgL_XfD_BwE

  • $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. `` http://www.cappuccinopc.com/solutions/fanless_mini_pc.asp

Software

Google Android

https://www.android.com/auto/ It looks like they are making a very weak attempt at entering the market.

Suites

Carberry

http://www.carberry.it/

This one looks to be the most full featured.