It’s no secret we’re a nation of tech lovers with over 2.22 million smart homes in the UK. But it’s not just our homes that are becoming smarter our cars are too. As we continue to rely more and more on technology for our daily lives, devices like the Raspberry Pi are helping people understand more about smart tech and also start building it for themselves.
What is a Smart Car?
Also known as intelligent cars, the majority of cars manufactured today are classed as smart cars. Basically, they’re vehicles that are equipped with system-driven forms of artificial intelligence and other IoT technologies. For example, the modern automatic emergency notification system, which uses sensors to detect when a vehicle is in danger and alerts authorities not only to the fact, but also to the vehicle’s location via GPS.
The majority of features of a smart car are there to help protect the driver and passengers of the vehicle, as well as others on the road.
Simple Ways to Make it Smarter
If you’re looking to add a bit of smart tech to your vehicle, but are on a tighter budget, then using a Raspberry Pi to make a bit of smart tech could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Thanks to the easy interface of a Raspberry Pi, with a bit of basic coding knowledge you too can create these clever bits of tech for your very own car.
Reversing Camera or Dashcam: To get started you’ll need a Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi camera, Micro SD card, case, portable charger, and command strips to keep your camera in place. Once you’ve programmed how you want your dashcam or reversing camera to work, you’ll need to place the camera in a robust case and mount it to your dashboard or rear window – depending on the type of camera you want to create. To access the video stream, all you need to do is connect your phone or tablet using the IP address and password you set on the Pi.
Smarten up Your on-board Entertainment: On-board entertainment systems are big business. With many of the leading car manufacturers spending big bucks on the audio and visual systems of the dashboard. But, with a little help from a Raspberry Pi, you can create your very own smart entertainment centre. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi, Pi touchscreen and case, dongle, and Pi adapter to start with. The setup is pretty similar to the reversing camera and dashcam. And if you want to up the ante, you can add in voice controls and parking sensors.