From April 2015, since I own this car, I wanted to have a better in-car-entertainment (ICE) system. My Opel Corsa D from 2009 started life as one of the most-basic models, called Essentia in Europe or Life in UK. From factory it comes with basic plastic steering wheel with no radio controls, BID screen, CD30 (no MP3) and only 4 front speakers in front. This is actual photo of my Corsa D, with leather steering wheel with radio controls I installed week ago. I love it. Everything else on this photo is stock.
There is no centre speaker and no rear speakers. First thing was modifying my CD30 (Delphi-Grundig) amp and add an AUX input cable. I couldn’t find the schematic on the internet, so I figured out I could insert analog audio signal directly in the power-amp. And yeah, it worked. With a good source (like high quality smartphone), it’s sounds great.
But, I needed something better. And I found the answer – CarPC (Carputer, Car Computer – whatever).
I decided to build a real CarPC, not just sticking a tablet on my windshield and call it done. For this project I will use Raspberry Pi 2 Model B as the main unit, the CarPC.
It has 900MHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4 USB Ports, LAN port, HDMI out, Audio out, microSD slot and 40 GPIO ports. I want the ability to add modules like WiFi, GPS, to connect the original steering wheel controls via CANbus system on the RPi and so on. I also like the idea of running full-size Linux customized the way I like it. It could also run XMBC (Kodi) very smooth.
I want to have high-resolution display build in the dashboard with capacitive touchscreen. I found one on eBay that fits my needs and it has 1024×600 native resolution instead 800×480 as most 7 inch displays on the market.
I will mount the display inside the original bezel found on Corsa D with bigger, colour screen called CID (colour-info-display). I ordered them from the official GM dealer in my town.
I still have to wait for the screen to arrive. Before that happens, I want to build RPi power supply, install software, program some CD30 buttons to work on the RPi and so on.
Just a little teaser with my tablet! 🙂