Turn your regular car into a smart car with those easy tricks for only $50-$70 of components
IoT spreads across all fields and is already reshaping the car industry with a massive implementation of sensors, connectivity and artificial intelligence in most newest models of the industry leaders. But if you cannot afford a Tesla, this kind of technology is currently out of your hand's reach.
Our goal today is to make this technology a little more accessible by offering you a way to import your smart home hub into your current vehicle and turn your ‘dumb’ car into a smart car. This project will show you the flexibility of Prota OS, that allow much more than connecting your smart devices together. Though some products with similar features already exist on the market (connected dash cams like BlackVue or RoadEyes and connected systems like Parrot Asteroid), their price range goes from $200 to $600 and make such technology an unaffordable luxury.
The option we offer you today should overall cost you around $70 only and integrate the following features:
This system can be set up in around an hour with no special tech/coding skills required. To install it in your car, you will need to find the right solution to two major requirements: finding a way to power the system and finding a way to get a constant connectivity.
The solution will depend on the particular case of your car, whether it includes an embedded internet connection and whether you can connect your smart system to your car battery. We will assume in this project that you have access to neither of the two, and we will replace them by an external battery and a smartphone with a data sim card used as a hotspot. If you’re able to connect your hub to your car battery and to your car’s WiFi, this project will be even easier and more unexpensive to put in place.
The total cost of the project will depend a lot on what you already have at home (battery, cable or phone holder). If you have none, the total should be around $70.
Step 2: PRIOR EXPLANATIONS
Though not complicated to set up for someone with no specific technical skills, this project needs some clarification for you to visualize how it works, before we explain you how to set up the ensemble.
This system will be as follow: