The easy route to accomplish my goal was to use my aftermarket head unit display (Avic Z110BT) mixed with Motorola Atrix Webtop. When I connect my "rooted phone" to the HDMI, the Webtop application takes over and I can see the Android screen in the head unit and the phone becomes a mouse and keyboard. This allows me to take advantage of the Android applications like: Google Maps, Pandora, Trapster, etc.. For aid, I use Vilingo to read text messages and voice commands. Another future I like a lot is remote desktop to my in car notebook for running car diagnostics.
Too much talk... Let me just show it and ask. :)
In this clip I show how the connection occurs between the Android WebTop and the the car's console. For this project you need a head unit with video / audio input, hdmi to rca converter, power supply for phone and converter, phone mount.
In this clip I show a basic idea of the apps. Something I missed recording is the usage of Vilingo for aiding in the hands free solution. Also Vilingo developers.. please make the activation voice command to be always listening for "Hey! Vilingo" instead of only when app is open....
My Car: (Love Audi!)
- Fix resolution of the rendered screen by updating Webtop X11 config
- Hardwire the notebook computer used for monitoring the car
- Setup tethering between notebook and phone (automatic)
- Setup remote desktop and aspect ratio to be manageable from phone
- Configure the remote Windows machine to have bigger icons, fonts, etc...
- Automatize the expansion of Android screen in head unit upon Webtop connection
- Use something like Tasker which starts / stops Android apps upon detecting head unit bluetooth (just for knowing I am in car and is ON)
- Better hands-free automation