Raspberry Pi Carputer – Part 1

As many of you know, I am endeavoring to upgrade the stock stereo of my 2006 Ford Freestyle to something efficient, easy to use, useful, but most of all, geeky as all get out! I have been inspired to kick off my blog with a series of blog posts about why I’m doing it, the problems I’m looking to solve, and ultimately, how I get to the finished product.

First, why would someone choose to do such mean, evil things to himself? Isn’t it easier to just buy a stereo off the shelf and call it a day? Well… Yeah, it would. But when scoping out what I wanted, I was already looking at $750 worth of stereo and extras that still didn’t get me ‘everything’ I wanted.

What I want out of an in-dash entertainment/navigation system:

  • In-Dash navigation (tether to phone for internet)
  • Streaming audio
  • Bluetooth for phone calls
  • Video entertainment (for the girls of course)
  • Access to ODB car computer information
  • Back seat entertainment

Nice to have:

  • Backup camera
  • Improved climate controls

Next post will contain my parts list and initial plan.