Nexus 7 becomes in-dash entertainment system [Video]

August 6, 2012
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What you are about to see is quite possibly the most amazing in-dash entertainment system I've ever seen. Double din stereos for cars or trucks are nice, but none have the amazing finishing touches of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The popular online electronics reseller Sonic Electronix has just posted an epic video of one of their installers making a custom Nexus 7 stereo system. What's even better is the tablet can leave the vehicle too.

For those that aren't too familiar with car stereos, this is no easy feat. Obviously the tablet doesn't feature the required outputs to drive sound to the 4 speakers throughout this 2008 Dodge Ram, so they've used an Audison signal and sound processor instead. The folks from Android Central spotted this one and the video makes it even better. Check it out below:

Nexus 7 in-dash entertainment system in Dodge Ram

Pretty awesome video right? This installer made a custom designed dash for his Nexus 7, and even made it removable. As you can see near the end of the video (or my image below) is the tablet is able to be completely and easily removed via the top of the dash. Then you can take it anywhere you'd like as usual, and don't have to make it permanent. That is probably the best part of this entire DIY project.

Obviously the Nexus 7 doesn't have 3G or 4G for true video streaming, but you can simply just tether your phone to the tablet once you get into the vehicle. From there you can stream Pandora Radio, Netflix for the kids, Google Music and everything else that Google, Android, and the Nexus 7 has to offer. We've seen many tablets put into vehicles in the past, but none have been this clean and done with the impressive budget Nexus 7 tablet. This sure beats those $600 Pioneer stereos that seem to break every 8 months.

Between this being the awesome Nexus 7, and the fact that it looks completely stock makes this one of the best installs I've seen yet. Who's up to the challenge? I'd like to just pay him to install one in my truck!

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[via Sonic Electronix TV]


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  • http://www.asgarddesigns.com.au/ Ben Neill

    That is AWESOME…. Can’t wait til car stereos become proper systems rather than the proprietary rubbish they churn out. I would definitely pay money for something like this if someone were to produce it…

  • Captain_Doug

    Sick

  • sammy richard

    What a butter smooth scrolling… :)

  • Robert Burgess

    i’ve bought the Nexus 7 for this exact purpose. I plan on installing this into a 99 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Little fabrication gong to be needed to me it removable but I think I should be able to pull it off. Couple other nice programs you can run to such as My CarDock Ultra which is a nice interface. Another thing is a program called NavFree for offline GPS use if you do not want to tether your phone to your tab or if you are not aloud via your carrier. Also a program Tablet Talk that is free but allows you to see who is calling and texting you on the screen instead of having to reach for your phone. I’ll be posting my build online as soon as I start. I’m still putting together the audio system. I like whats being used here so I’m currently looking into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vi.matson Vi Matson

    How about making it a hotspot (MiFi) also? I wonder how well they handle the heat and cold?

  • macboy74

    Its already been done with a 64 gig iPad. Bigger screen more memory and a better running smoother os.

    • tony_dragon

      You sir a purely a trolling fanboy. Suuuuuure iOS is “smoother” (debatable), and by your choice of words I gather you are, indeed, a pitiful CRapple sucker. Forgive my poor grammar and/or typos, english as second language here, just trying to get my point across which is: this is a great DIY project, based on a great device, and you sir need to take your hater attitude somewhere else :)

  • Kevin Mccutcheon

    I have thought about this for the last few years, wtf hasn’t Alpine,Kenwood,etc game to grips they could build a badass machine and use half the physical space. Look at how big and bulky the current gen of in-dash systems are and the os on every one is complete junk. Alpine/Sony/Kenwood/etc take notes!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanr301 Juan Romero Jr

    I have the old Samsung Galaxy Tab in the dash now with video out to my headrests. I am looking to see if the Nexus 7 has a video out so that I can fabricate that solution. The Samsung Tab is starting to show its age. Nexus 7 would be a really cool upgrade! … Nice job with the Nexus 7! [Pics are not most recent but illustrates basic set-up.]

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanr301 Juan Romero Jr

    I have the old Samsung Galaxy Tab in the dash now with video out to my headrests. I am looking to see if the Nexus 7 has a video out so that I can fabricate that solution. The Samsung Tab is starting to show its age. Nexus 7 would be a really cool upgrade! … Nice job with the Nexus 7! [Pics are not most recent but illustrates basic set-up.]

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanr301 Juan Romero Jr

    I have the old Samsung Galaxy Tab in the dash now with video out to my headrests. I am looking to see if the Nexus 7 has a video out so that I can fabricate that solution. The Samsung Tab is starting to show its age. Nexus 7 would be a really cool upgrade! … Nice job with the Nexus 7! [Pics are not most recent but illustrates basic set-up.]

  • BilboCameron

    This is really a great install but it has one ENORMOUS flaw. Audio from the Nexus 7 is from the headphone jack. There has to be a better way. Does any of the Tabs with HDMI support digital audio output?