Chevy Volt Enhanced with Raspberry Pi and Automatic Cameras

While slated to soon go out of production, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid certainly has its fans. Included in these ranks is Jared…

Jeremy S. Cook
10 months agoAutomotive

While slated to soon go out of production, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid certainly has its fans. Included in these ranks is Jared Stafford, who despite calling it “by far, the best car I’ve ever owned,” had a few issues with it, mostly related to how the controls are laid out. Additionally, he wasn’t crazy about spending $20 per month for OnStar, likely more than he spends on gas in a year!

In order to fix these issues, he of course installed a Raspberry Pi, along with a supplemental display screen and physical controller. For his auxiliary setup, Stafford created a perfboard assembly that sits on the center console with buttons and a small joystick. This allows him to modify climate control and entertainment settings, view car data, and other operations accessed on the OBD-II port via a Macchina M2 reader.

As shown in the demonstration video below, he can also control or even program things on the fly using a wired keyboard, or log in and do the same thing remotely over an inexpensive Hologram cellular data connection. Besides enhanced controls, the car features both front and read-facing cameras. While not amazing in itself, he’s automated these systems so that they upload data to his home WiFi network automatically when parked, then power off on their own!

Jeremy S. Cook
Engineer, maker of random contraptions, love learning about tech. Write for various publications, including Hackster!
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