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Old 12-04-2018, 01:14 AM
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Fantasy center dash mod

I keep fantasizing about updating my dashboard, putting a large LCD screen high up so it's easier to use while driving, then replace the ash tray and lighter with the two air vents that where at the top. From the LCD touch screen, I would operate the climate control and entertainment system (and possibly some custom engine diagnostics/monitoring).

Last time I had my dash out I tried this for size:

I might try to fab it up some day. But first wheel bearings and smog...

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Old 12-04-2018, 07:17 AM
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Re: Fantasy center dash mod

Hmm. A little rough around the edges?
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:18 AM
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Re: Fantasy center dash mod

I like the ideal, looking forward to what you make of it....
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:42 AM
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Re: Fantasy center dash mod

Small update, I started playing around with an open source software project called "Automotive Grade Linux", which is being adopted by many car manufacturers (including Subaru starting in 2021 models). I've compiled a custom SVX themed version of the demo to just play around with customizing it, and thought I'd share some screen shots. This is currently running on a Raspberry Pi with a 7" touch screen display and not installed in my car, just a teaser of what might come if I get enough time/energy.

This would be the main screen:

This would be the dashboard:

This is just the demo UI with some SVX pictures, the real SVX version would not have tire pressure and many other things would be different. I want to integrate with the car's internal systems so it can read data from the ECU and possibly other onboard computers. Hope to figure out how to control the HVAC, since eliminating the HVAC controls (they can be handled by the touch screen display) will allow me to have a bigger screen in the dash.

I want to do something custom in the dash, and not just replace the stereo. I think the stereo is placed too low down, and fiddling around down there means taking your eyes off the road. So hoping to relocate the air vents lower and put a large screen high on the dash.

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Old 07-10-2020, 05:53 AM
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Re: Fantasy center dash mod

Ambitious! Please keep us updated.
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Old 07-10-2020, 10:59 PM
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A lot of the work has already been done, like how to pull data from the ECU:
Very grateful to the folks who help reverse engineer the ECU protocol.

There is even some on talking with the HVAC computer, although not as much:

Still the biggest factor will be time to work on, it's not a high priority project and there are many other projects trying to suck up my time.

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Old 07-30-2020, 04:11 PM
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Re: Fantasy center dash mod

Wow. I know how much work this entails and I can honestly say I wish you the best. This would be an amazing accomplishment and would look great at the same time. It reminds me of Model S the way it is mocked up. Very nice.
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