Saturday, 8 January 2022

Raspberry Pi Car Head Unit Hardware

 I've recently bought a second hand car, and it came with the original manufacturer radio and a Parrot MKi9200 which works fine, but it is old.

I then started looking around for some Android Head Units, and realized a minefield of failures and challenges. Where a large amount of units are available on AliExpress, it seems the buying experiences for <€300 is just to much much a risk for me.

So I decided the Raspberry Pi route looks a lot more fun in any case.

Here is my bill of materials. Please see this as suggestions with affiliated links for Amazon. This is what I'm using and it is working at the time of writing, no guarantees or further advise.

At a bare minimum:

You will also need a good USB-C power supply and for this I strongly recommend sticking to the official Raspberry Pi 3A power supply.

I also suggest having the Pi connected to your local network using an ethernet cable with a reserved DHCP IP. You can SSH into the Pi to do a number of management tasks.

In the next post I will tackle the 1st option for software.

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -