DIY car navigation

 
--
Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

great idea

This guy is a craftsman.

dobs108 smile

Nice Install

This guy did a nice clean installation with minimum vehicle modification. That's great if it works for him.

Maybe I'm missing something but couldn't he have just mounted the smartphone to the dash using one of the many mount options available? It wouldn't look as neat with the exposed wire plugged into a dash USB port but the smartphone would be more easily accessed for other applications.

Not all apps are usable via voice command and the phone screen can't be viewed safely while on the seat console. You risk breaking the law in many locations if you pick up the phone with your hand while driving.

Great mod

I like the way it integrates with the Android platform.

--
Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

Android Auto.

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Not all apps are usable via voice command and the phone screen can't be viewed safely while on the seat console. You risk breaking the law in many locations if you pick up the phone with your hand while driving.

He is using Android Auto, which pretty much takes over your phone and prevents using it simultaneously for other applications. At least that has been my experience with Android Auto.

--
Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

I don't get it. He compares

I don't get it. He compares built-in navigation (which sucks big time) and Android Auto, both are readily available in the factory entertainment/navigation systems. All he has to do to use Android Auto is plug his phone to the USB port in the truck.

Instead of leaving the phone plugged in to USB port in the center console and safely hidden in there, he drills a hole through it and ruins the look. What's so great about that? Why doesn't he just leave the phone plugged-in inside the box? He doesn't need to look at the phone.

.

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Maybe I'm missing something but couldn't he have just mounted the smartphone to the dash using one of the many mount options available? It wouldn't look as neat with the exposed wire plugged into a dash USB port but the smartphone would be more easily accessed for other applications.

Why? You don't need to look at or touch the phone. Once plugged in to USB port, you use the car's built-in touch screen display or steering wheel buttons to control it.

It's sort of like having your laptop connected to a docking station. You don't touch the laptop. It doesn't even need to be flipped opened. You use external keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Signal loss?

The only reason I can think of is if putting the phone in the console might cut down the GPS and/or cell signal strength.

--
Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

That makes sense but I'm

That makes sense but I'm sure it'll work just fine inside the box because unlike portable nav devices, smartphones don't rely solely on GPS signals. I don't know about that truck but my car has multiple USB ports, one outside the center console and another inside it. Why not use the USB port outside the console if he's worried about losing any signals? It sure looks convenient to be able to plug the phone in 1 sec and don't have to worry about wire clutters but that hole ruins the interior.

Knowing me ...

I would probably spill my coffee in that little tray and ruin both the phone and the connector smile

--
Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon