The Z-Car Cockpit project
Current state 
Next >>

Last update: April 15, 2009
CurrentVersion : V0.5

Version 0 (zero) was the first goal to reach, i.e. to be able to display into the dashboard at least the same information that the original one. Number 0 want thus say "zero value added". 
It only means that it is not finished, it just began ! Take an eye to the developments section...
Available functionalities

- Automatic display rear cam when reverse gear is engaged;
- Display of current engaged gear (in France we don't use much the automatic cars);
- Automatic screen reconfiguration when rear cam is engaged;
- External events management (alerts, rear gear engaged, etc...);
- All indicators (battery, oil, lights, etc...);
- Specific behaviour for used worn plates : it remains lit until the next restart of the dashboard; 
- Specific behaviour for the starter indicator : it starts to flick when the engine is rather hot (~75°C);
- Car life mileage counter;
- Last fuel fill mileage counter : it is automatically reset when a tank fill is detected;
- Speedometer;
- Fuel gauge: twinkling alarm when the tank is almost empty or in reserve;
- Engine temperature gauge : change of color and alarms according to the temperature;
- RPM counter : the pointer's color change according to engine revolutions;
- Darening of the screen according to the lights position ( 4 possible positions: day, position lights, headlights, full headlights)
- Skinnable, but only one appareance available for the moment and no means of interaction to change it into real time.
ScreenShots
There is a preview screenxhot of what is displayed when you engage reverse gear. The rear cam is not yet displayed but it will be soon (work in progress) :

click to enlarge
How long ?
Many of you ask me that question: you want to know how long took to me to develop all that. There are two answers: in absolute time already almost 2 years since the idea was born, and I would say one year since I've started the development. The second answer is that not having worked on it at full-time, that would not have taken a year if that had been the case, but rather 4 months.
Photos
Here some photographs taken while rolling. They are all displaying the LCD system.

click to enlarge   click to enlarge   click to enlarge
Videos
Here some videos showing how it works.

Video 1 : rear cam in use to park






Video 2 : rear cam engaged/disengaged






Video 3 : current engaged gear displayed (at the right into the RPM counter)






Video 4 : car stopped, basic functions






Video 5 : downtown rolling 






Video 6 : on road





Home | Contact |  Contact |  © 2007-2014 A-Zervices S.A.R.L.
History

August 2007
Progressive screen darkening development, triggered by car lights.

May 2007
Definitive installation of the V0 in the car, first "public" demonstrations with my friends and colleagues.

October-November 2006
Embedded PC development: connectors to the car sensors, signal conversion, upstream filtering, etc...

Summer 2006
I devote my summer holidays to develop a skinnable software allowing to compute and display the esential data in a dashboard.

October 2005
The idea was born. While I rolled on a right and tedious road.