Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit
Android Auto-compatible head units aren’t too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won’t fit properly in older cars. A developer created a solution called Crankshaft to address both of those issues, and all you need to make it a reality is a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen.
Crankshaft is a free “turnkey” GNU/Linux distribution with a simple proposition:
- Buy a Raspberry Pi 3 and a 7-inch touchscreen (and a case, if you’d like)
- Connect the Pi to the touchscreen
- Download and unzip the Crankshaft image, and write it to an SD card
- Assemble the makeshift Android Auto head unit in your car
The developer, Huan Truong, said the project began when he couldn’t find an affordable Android Auto Head unit that fit in his 1998 car, which has a single DIN slot.
Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.