Joined: 12 Nov 2004
|Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:26 pm Post subject: Beta testing for Ford Car PC integration interface !
Now I've almost finished interface for the new Ford/Lincoln/Mercury OEM radios. The cables will be hear in about 3 weeks ( mid February ) and I'd like to ask you to participate in beta testing for these units.
What is it ?
CAR2PC interface allows PC to "communicate" with the stock headunit.
It will play sound through the stock speakers, you will get control over your digital data and can display track information on your stock display.
You will be able to assign any program/action on your PC when HU buttons are pressed.
CAR2PC allows you to use your CarPC in a blind fashion without even using the touchscreen saving you time and money for installation. You still can have touchscreen but just use it for visual things like GPS or search only.
You can place PC anywhere you want and "talk" to it from the very ergonomic and slick headunit keybord.
Can I see the demo ?
See the demo for VW Car2PC adapter: movie on my test bench (3Mb).
Which frontend can use it ?
Car2PC adapter has support for WinAmp, Windows Media Player, MWI and RR
Here you can download these plugins/links:
For all interested the CAR2PC interface library for Windows/Linux available in sf.net CVS. Just askk me if you're interested.
Which HU it supports ?
Ford Crown Victoria 1998-2002
Ford Econoline 1998-2003
Ford Escape 2001-2003
Ford Excursion 2000-2003
Ford Expedition 1999-2003
Ford Explorer 1998-2003
Ford F Series Pick Up 1998-2004 (NOT compatible w/2004 F-150)
Ford Mustang 2001-2003
Ford Ranger 1998-2003
Ford Sport-Trac 2000-2003
Ford Thunderbird 2002-2003
Ford Windstar 1999-2003
Lincoln Continental 1998-2002
Lincoln LS 2000-2002
Lincoln Navigator 1999-2003
Lincoln Town Car 1998-2002
Mercury Grand Marquis 1998-2002
Mercury Mountaineer 1998-2003
Mercury Villager 1999-2002 (w/o factory Video)
How to install ?
3 steps only:
1. Place laptop, car PC or even Mac anywhere in a car. Secure and power it.
2. Attach the adapter to your stock headunit (or CD changer cable in the trunk) and PC. Most original harness are included !
3. Run the PC and get the sound from it on your speakers instantly after you switch you HU in CD changer mode !
Can it serve as a AUX adapter ?
Yes it can. You can connect your favourite MP3 player directly to your car's HU !
What it look like ?
I decided to make board looking good along with the enсlosure. Pics here:
How to get it ?
It is available only for beta testing purpose. Please sign up here:
It is only for US testers. Sorry for inconvenience
Units will be $39 for US testers (includes $20 refund)
Current status ?
Beta testing is just started.
Get your hands on one here: http://car2pc.com/ford_beta.html
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.