Jul 102015



So I had this crazy idea about fitting onboard computer to my 04′ Honda Accord Tourer (Exec trim with premium speaker system – non-navi version).
Been googling this and digesting available information, finally stumbled upon this excellent Engineering(DIY) project, blog and associated forum – and decided to give it a shot.

First sketch


Work in progress


Rear view camera fitted


Final effect


Shopping list





Link to PDF version here



 Accord Radio Plug – source of power

One thing worth noting, in order to power things up we need access the radio plug. To access radio plug I had to remove the whole stereo/disc changer unit. Sounds tricky but this lovely chap has got it covered for you. I didn’t buy any stereo removal tools, simple wide steel spatula/scraper did the job. Once radio removed I could access the radio plug so carefully removed a bit of isolation from three wires and soldered my RPi2 /LCD power cables with fuses.

Was a bit scared of that part but it took less than an hour altogether. Jolly good.

Picture of actual plug, courtesy of http://accordklubpolska.pl/



What’s left on my to do list

  • Adding pyOBD based KODI plugin for engine real-time diagnostic, similar to the one from this page.
  • Rear seats, adding headrest mounted monitors for kids (via HDMI splitter).


Full gallery with pictures is available here http://imgur.com/a/s0X3r

 Video presentation links


Some final thoughts

One note, if you would prefer to mount LCD a bit higher, say right above ventilation ducts, you might be interested in fitting this plastic panel instead of Double DIN fascia I used. Just an interesting alternative that was mentioned on one of the forums, alternative which I wasn’t aware of.

Apart of that, not much left to say as Andrei’s blog has most of the aspects covered.
But obviously if you have any Honda Accord specific question feel free to drop a comment here.

Many thanks to Andrei for publishing all necessary info and for keeping this awesome project alive.


Jun 182015

Pi_insideJust some useful commands:

  • Make sure your RPI is up to date:
sudo apt-get install rpi-update
sudo rpi-update
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Check capabilities:
vcgencmd codec_enabled MPG2
vcgencmd codec_enabled WVC1

vcgencmd version

Jun 17 2015 13:36:16
Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom
version 1352d17ed6bd078120ac262b8c45b5b3a0d398de (clean) (release)

  • Streaming of USB video camera:

Start streaming on Pi:

cvlc v4l2:///dev/video0 --v4l2-width 640 --v4l2-height 480 --v4l2-chroma h264 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=ts,dst=}

Start watching on client:


Bonus, autostart streaming at boot:

Add streaming line to script
sudo chmod +x /home/pi/bin/stream.sh
crontab -e
@reboot /home/pi/bin/stream.sh
  • Configure WLAN
sudo vim /etc/network/interfaces
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
sudo reboot

Or install wicd-curses and wicd-daemon