It was a little over a year ago when we gave up on our dream of what Brainiac could be for a connected car. Since then I’ve personally used a standard Android tablet in my vehicle for over a year and have found major challenges in trying to make something that was designed to be held in your hands an effective solution in an automotive scenario. Go figure 🙂
So what are we doing about this? First, scrapping all of the prototype code that we wrote previously. It was created to be an entire self contained unit with remote access from your smartphone and architecturally not something we need going forward. What I’ve found over the past year is that there are a few key things that can be written for a tablet that will make it extremely usable in a vehicle.
So we now start from scratch. Re-using the same look and feel that we had created before, but now in a more targeted manner to first address the main shortcomings of a tablet in a car. Once we have those main shortcomings addressed we’ll look to expand Brainiac automation and features if there’s demand.