DIY Electronics Hobbyists Behind the Wheel (and Under the Dashboard)


A round up of DIY auto electronics and RasPi projects from MAKE. Two of our favorites: tools to make use of the data network already in place in 21st century cars:


SNIFF OUT CONTROL AREA NETWORK CODES: Beyond your car’s basic diagnostic data is a CAN system that controls everything from the buttons on your steering wheel, to your windshield wipers. Curious minds can use a Raspberry Pi to glimpse the code that connects all the elements of their vehicle’s electrical systems. 



OBD-II compatible apps for smartphones and tablets not only offer a convenient way to tap into your car’s data, they’re also highly customizable and can take advantage of mobile hardware features such as GPS for speed mapping.

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Matt Griffin
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