Raspberry Pi goes Android Auto: Now you can build your own cheap car head unit using a Pi and Crankshaft OS
A student-developer put off by the price of Android Auto head units has released the Linux-based Crankshaft OS that turns a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 with the official $60 Raspberry Pi seven-inch touchscreen into a functioning, unofficial Android Auto head unit.
Built by Huan Truong, Crankshaft is based on the recently released OpenAuto project, an aasdk- and Qt-based emulator for running Android Auto on a Raspberry Pi.
But whereas OpenAuto requires configuration work, Truong says Crankshaft is a "turnkey GNU/Linux distribution", which only needs to be downloaded and written to an SD card for the Raspberry Pi 3 tablet.
Startup time seems to be about 12 to 14 seconds which is not too bad. I actually have a spare Pi and touchscreen so maybe I'll try this out.