Archive for the ‘Automobiles’ Category

  • Friday, February 5th, 2016

    mavroOBD PART 2 – Arduino 328P ODB CanBus Hacking


    … continued from part I.

    It’s been a while since I last posted an update on the mavroOBD project.  After a few (3) board revisions, I’m happy to report that I’ve successfully miniaturized the Arduino UNO (ATMega328P based AVR) and SeeedStudio CANBus shield into a compact OBD module form factor.   Next, I will begin the coding portion and will post updates as that happens.  Feel free to post a comment if you are interested in helping out with this project.…

    Posted on Feb 5th | 8 comments
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  • Thursday, December 24th, 2015

    mavroOBD – My OpenSource project designed to “hack” your vehicle


    Today I’m announcing my next project, mavroOBD.  It’s an open source Arduino compatible OBD/Can-Bus module.  The goal behind this is to provide an easy way for people to interact with their vehicles.   Not sure where this will lead but I’ve been wanting to get into the “car hacking” space for a while.  I’ve already sourced an OBD port module and designed two boards (power and mainboard).    This is an open source project and is available here on Github.

    The idea is to be able to enhance my vehicles capabilities — since they don’t provide us a way to do this via configuration screens in the vehicle — one thing that drives me crazy is in my vehicle, I have to press a button for my front parking sensors to be active (if I haven’t been in reverse first).  This is annoying when pulling into a space.   My first task will be to emulate the parking sensor button when traveling less than 10mph.

    The first step is to sniff the OBD port Can-Bus traffic to see if I have access to the system via the OBD port.  Depending on the manufacture some of the “internal”, non-diagnostic features are on a low or medium speed Can-Bus.   I’m still learning so if anyone has more knowledge and wants to share, please post a comment or join my efforts.  More to come… components will be here soon and I will be posting again when I get the boards populated and I can access the high-speed can bus network of my vehicle.…

    Posted on Dec 24th | 7 comments
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  • Friday, March 21st, 2014

    Dub-Box-USA: The Airstream Alternative


    I was flipping through this month’s issue of Men’s Journal and saw what looked like a VW “Kombi” bus but it wasn’t a VW — it was a trailer that looked like one.  Well, it’s exactly that, a camper trailer inspired by the design of VW’s bus.  Made by Dub-Box-USA located in Portland, Oregon, the body is made from fiberglass with a towing length of about 16′ (body length is 12′).   This camper is equipped with a double bed, sink and Faucet with additional options like refrigerator, stove and outdoor shower.  This trailer will make any camp site a lot more fun.   Made to order, starting at $19,500.

    - Dub-Box-USA


    Posted on Mar 21st | no comments
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  • Monday, February 15th, 2010

    Garmin ecoRoute HD bluetooth wireless dongle

    The Garmin ecoRoute HD is a bluetooth wireless dongle which plugs into your vehicles ODB port allowing you to monitor sensors such as intake air temperature, coolant temperature, throttle position and engine load, intake manifold pressure, battery and charging system information, mass airflow rate, timing advance and emissions — you can even check and clear engine trouble codes without visiting the car dealership.

    The ecoRoute works with newer Garmin Nuvi GPS units that feature ecoRoute firmware, but since this is bluetooth… A) is it hackable? B) will an iPhone App be released from Garmin to pair with the device?

    At $149 (retail) the Garmin ecoRoute HD is a great feature to add to your Garmin Nuvi GPS.  It’s available for pre-order now from…

    Posted on Feb 15th | 2 comments
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  • Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

    2010 Ford F-150 Raptor – Good Grill Design!?


    I was flipping through a magazine today and saw the Ford F-150 Raptor.  I’m not much of a full-size truck guy but there’s something I’m liking about the grill design on this rig.  The FORD text and the brick layout in the grill makes this one bad-ass looking truck.  I wonder if Ford will bring this design to all the other F-150′s?  What do you guys think of this grill?  Am I’m out of whack for liking this?…

    Posted on Dec 23rd | 7 comments
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  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    Kurt Systems: High-Tech Horse Trainer


    I was reading the latest issue of POPULAR SCIENCE and saw this new high-tech horse training system developed by a Turkish man.  The story behind this invention is that Mehmet Kurt developed this device after his own horse died from overtraining and human error.   The solution was to build a $427,000 training machine which monitors the horses vitals while training and maximize the speed and fitness of the horse.  Pretty cool concept!…

    Posted on Sep 16th | no comments
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  • Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    2010 Range Rover Features 12″ LCD Instrument Cluster

    2010 Range Rover

    2010 Range Rover Cluster

    The 2010 Range Rover will feature a 12″ TFT LCD instrument cluster which has traditionally been analog dials — I think this is really, really, really cool!  You can see in the above photo how this display will look. Using a LCD screen Land Rover can change the display based on the type of mode the car is in as well as offer a menuing system — this would have been a sweet project to been a part of!   Being a Land Rover enthusiast myself, I love how they kept with the look and feel of the current analog dials.  I can’t wait to see this technology in all cars. 

    The new display technology used by the 2010 Range Rover is a major advance. It gives us tremendous flexibility in presenting information, so that the driver gets precisely the data they require, in all driving conditions,” explains Nick Rogers, Chief Engineer, New Vehicle Architecture.

    Posted on May 12th | 22 comments
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  • Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

    Jensen NVX3000PC — 7″ Windows XP Personal Computer


    If you have been trying to find an in-car PC with touchscreen capabilities you might want to check out the Jensen NVX3000PC. It’s a 7″ 800×400 resolution widescreen Windows XP Personal Computer with built in portable navigation and Wi-Fi. Designed for use on the road the NVX3000PC features full Windows XP OS with 256 MB ram, a 30gb hard drive, and a 1GHz Via processor. This unit includes everything you need to mount in your car (windshield mount), remote control and a AC and DC adaptor — though, I would expect people getting this to build it into the dash of their car for a more custom look. The NVX3000PC retails for $1499.95 and is available now.

    CNET Video Review — Jensen NVX3000PC

    Posted on Dec 23rd | 4 comments
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