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4. In-Car Computers > 53. Build an in-Car Macintosh

Build an in-Car Macintosh

Check out how one programmer used OS X and a PowerMac G4 to meet his in-car computing needs.

Several years ago I got a job in Holland, and I needed a comfortable car for almost-monthly trips to the Czech Republic. I purchased a 1993 Tatra T6134Mi sedan with a rear-mounted 200-HP V8 engine. Ironically, although the car I purchased had been made for the Frankfurt auto show and was originally equipped with fully digital controls, a handful of computers, and features such as voice synthesis, the factory had replaced all this equipment and rewired it with more traditional controls after the show. The moment I bought it, I decided that a computer had to be put back in. I started to design my Tatra computer in the summer, and by Christmas I had a working installation.


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