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4. In-Car Computers > 52. Build an in-Car PC

Build an in-Car PC

Having covered all the basics, let’s look at how a U.K.-based IT manager put together his car PC.

My job involves a good deal of travel, so naturally I looked into buying a satellite navigation system when I was buying a new car. But the high cost and minimal features of the factory navigation system compelled me to look at computer-based alternatives.

At first I considered using a laptop with a GPS and PC-based navigation system, but laptops are clunky copilots at best. After a lot of online research, especially on http://www.mp3car.com, I found that I could actually build a small PC for the car that would not only give me a navigation system, but also MP3 and DVD playback, all usable though a nice touchscreen interface. Armed with this knowledge and the cash I had saved by not opting for the factory navigation system, I began piecing together my car PC.


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