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Linux in Cars & Automobiles

Do you want to use Linux on the road? Here is (a yet incomplete list) of free resources about Linux usage for cars, trucks and automobiles. See here for free navigation and GPS resources and for free resources for bicycles.


GNUnilink is a PIC adaptor that emulates a Sony Auto CD Multichanger, enabling the AUX input on the rear of suitable Sony car radios. This in turns allows the owner of such a radio to use these inputs for a portable CD or MP3 player. GNUnilink contains an optional serial link between PIC and PC. Button presses can be sent to the PC. The PC can set disk/track numbers/names and provide a real-time counter.


nissaneculibrary allows the user to get realtime sensor data from their compatible Nissan car (90-96 300ZX, Silvia, 180SX, Skyline GTR, GTS, or Nissan with CONSULT plug). The user can also temporarily modify timing and fuel injection, and perform active tests on various systems, relays, and solenoids. It is useful for diagnosing problems with your vehicle.


The DashPC car multimedia system is a UI for automobile multimedia implemented in Linux. Its provides a comprehensive interface for MP3, DVD, and CD playback, a radio card interface, and GPS navigation. It features an easy-to-use interface and a modular design. Its functionality is configurable and the system is expandable with the use of plug-ins, which currently include plug-ins for controlling video4linux supported radio cards, viewing images, and running external commands.


pyOBD is an OBD-II compliant car diagnostic tool. It is designed to interface with low-cost ELM 32x OBD-II diagnostic interfaces such as ELM-USB. It will basically allow you to talk to your car's ECU, display fault codes, display measured values, read status tests, etc. All cars made since 1996 (in the US) or 2001 (in the EU) must be OBD-II compliant, i.e. they should work with pyOBD.

Tesla Roadster Data Logging Format Reverse Engineered

"See what ECU information is available, collect and parse the data from it. Tesla Motors periodically collects information from their vehicles presumably to see what real-world driving the cars see. On original Roadster models there is no method to collect this information remotely thus someone must go out to the vehicle and collect it" via an USB dongle. The data log format has been reverse engineered. Here is a Python script to parse the Tesla Roadster logs into CSV format.


O2OO reads sensor data from a car into a sqlite database and generates graphs of the data so you can analyze the behavior of the car. It can also retrieve the location from a GPS module and store it in the same database, then can create a Google Maps KML-file, coloring the route line with a color depending on a sensor reading.

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