CarPCgarage.com was founded in 2006 to develop free and open source software for use with in-car computers (Car PCs).
By using Java technology, our software is able to run without modification on all Car PC platforms available including Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, and Linux systems.
The CarPCgarage.com Application serves as a dashboard for accessing Car PC features, such as:
The goal of our interface is to make it easy to manage your Car PC from a single application. Our simple configuration allows for out-of-the-box integration with almost any 3rd party application. You can also customize the GUI, and even add your own components. The possibilities are endless!
Our background and skills are in Java software development, but our passion has been building and installing Car PC systems. CarPCgarage.com allows us to combine our skills with our passion to deliver the best in-car management application available, free of charge and freely modifiable.
At this point, CarPCgarage.com is a place for us to share our ideas, further our experience with in-car computing, and advocate for free and open-source software. We believe that everyone should have a Car PC, simply for the usefulness of task-oriented computing.
And we hope that the community of people interested in CarPCs continues to grow so that we can share our passion with others!
If you have any questions regarding the CarPCgarage.com software, please contact us at: .
We have submitted a technical session proposal to the 2007 JavaOne conference titled: "Rev Up Your Car PC with Java Technology". The purpose of the presentation is to show the role of Java technology in the Car PC environment. We also intend to perform a live demonstration of the open-source CarPCgarage.com software if accepted. Check back mid-to-late February for an update on our status!
UPDATE: JavaOne presentation outline, sample slides and more details are now available HERE!
Status Icons are now available! Any component can issue status messages to the status manager, and the CarPCgarage.com application will automatically notify the user using a status icon in the header of the application.
Does your Car PC (like most) only have limited internet connectivity? Need to optimize the bandwidth available to synchronize your latest MP3s and video content? Then you'll love the "Bandwidth Optimizer" feature, which allows you to prioritize your downloads on a component by component basis. Check back at the beginning of March for an update on this feature!
Need multiple applications or components to share your single GPS receiver? The "GPS Server" feature will allow you read NMEA coordinates from your GPS module and then re-broadcast the messages in real-time to any interested applications, effectively allowing you to share GPS location information with a variety of simultaneously running applications. Check back mid-March for an update on this feature!
Soon you'll be able to initiate phone calls from the Contacts component using your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Check back mid-April for an update on this feature!