See how the Google Nexus 7 transforms into a car's entertainment system

See how the Google Nexus 7 transforms into a car's entertainment system
Every DIY enthusiast who also happens to be passionate about cars has at least once considered the idea of mounting a tablet into the dashboard of their personal vehicle. Just think about it: with its rich set of multimedia features, a tablet can be a great inexpensive in-car entertainment system, not to mention that such a modification would look über awesome, if done right. One can store their music and video files on the device and play them back through the car's audio system, use the slate's GPS and navigation features, or even play a game of Angry Birds if stuck in a traffic jam.

The guys at Sonic Electronix have been embedding tablets in car dashboards for quite a while now, and on of their latest projects involves a Google Nexus 7 and a 2008 Dodge Ram. Best of all, they shared a brief video showing how the device was installed into the vehicle's dashboard and what it can be used for. Just check it out below and tell us what you think about the modification by dropping a comment. Anyone already thinking of giving them a call?

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Theres gotta be an Apple lawsuit somewhere just waiting to pop-out... Just wait for it...

9. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I think they had a vague patent for this back in the 1980's dude. If not they had a "star witness" who remembers all of this because waving Benjamins in front of his face stirs the memory.

2. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

It is fascinating of what android can do because it open source. Automaker with dedicated GPS price ridiculous excess of $2k will be obsoleted. Welcome Android and plus more.

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I have an iPhone, but really want an Android tablet. Having a powerful, smaller tablet in the dash would be awesome, and I could just use my phone's wifi tether for webs on the tablet.

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That is probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time especially how you can take the tablet back out and put it back in. I had planned to do something like this for a long time except I wanted to have a real computer under the seat that you can make that is really small. with a real intel chip inside it im running windows perferrably windows 8 when it comes out. because the technology to do this has been around for a long time but no 1 has really made a commercial unit yet. The thing I really like is that the touch screen for this tablet is better then any thing out other for the price. They do make pretty nice touchscreens that fit into a double din with no modification needed at all. I think this is better cause you can take the tablet out but I would like to have the power of a full computer with with the ability to connect more to the car and have more integrated electronics and even but very low on list a lte Or atliest 3g radio with a DVD player which a SD card slot would be easier. The mini computer option though since battery power is not a problem can have a Terra bite hard drive. Ivy bridge i7 with DDR memory at about six to eight giga bytes. With all the bells and wissles you can build your own cheaper than you would think. Any ways I really think this is a bad ass mod

3. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

So how would you use pandora since its a wifi only tablet? Cool concept but seems like it would be limited.

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Teathering, or 3g/4g dongle via its USB port...

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Some newer vehicles come available with Wifi, and as some other users have pointed out, you can do it the old fashioned way.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Sales of the tablet could now double because this!!

6. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

that is awesome

7. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I want to do it!

8. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I've been wanting to do a carputer for a long time. Didn't have the time to build one myself, and buying one that's out there is waaaaaaay too expensive. Tablets could be the perfect alternative.

10. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

for the price of this tablet, I'll take 2 :)

13. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Looks like I found my next project!

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I've been waiting for something like this... the touchscreen in my Jetta is roughly the same size as this and I have always thought about how sweet it would be to have the Android OS in my car.

15. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

You should not even post things like these! Would you like an idiot driving while nexing killing your daughter,brother, sister or mother? You are the lowest Phone Arena reporter Nick !!

17. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What the heck dude an idiots an idiot you can't stop one from being one. With or without this an idiot will find a way to do stupid stuff and lime play with a phone while driving. Just lime I am right now. Ooooooops bad fast joke. Lol sitting on sofa.but seriously you can't stop stupor from hapining you can only try to avoid them

18. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

People gets more distracted while talking on the phone or texting while driving. You're making it sound like people want to use their Nexus on their car just to play games or something. Nexus will probably work better than the standard navigation system on your car cept no AM/FM radio. To tell you the truth, having it embedded into the car is actually better than someone driving and operating their tablet on their other hand.

19. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

You must use your comment scene; not play while driving and exact equal as back seat driver.

20. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

For those who haven't seen this or a CarPC kind of thing done before, you guys need to check out go to the Forums and start checking out the "Show Off Your Project" forum, including the worklog's if you're interested in seeing how it's all done. Oh and yes I bought most of my equipment for my project from SonicElectronix, they're amazing. For example, I put my Galaxy Tab 2 7" in my dash right after I bought it (When it came out a few months ago) and LOVE IT. Here's my worklog:

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