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Raspberry Pi goes Android Auto: Now you can build your own cheap car head unit

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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.

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Sandwich-style board-set runs Android or Linux on hexa-core Rockchip

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OpenEmbed’s affordable, RK3399-based “em3399” module ships with up to 4GB DDR3L and 128GB eMMC 5.1. There’s also a compact evaluation board with GbE, wireless, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.0 and Type-C ports.

OpenEmbed has launched a computer-on-module variously referred to as the System-on-Module em3399, the em3399, and the SOM3399, that taps one of the hotter ARM SoCs around these days: the Rockchip RK3399. There’s no indication this is an open source board, but the boards are priced for smaller scale buyers: The module starts at $99, and you pay only $50 for the optional “emPAC-RK3399-EVB” evaluation board. OpenEmbed tells us that Android and Linux images are available now, and Ubuntu Core is under development.

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