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I was curious if anyone was interested or knew of current ways to hack the infotainment center for things such as, playing a media file while driving, obviously not for the driver but other occupants. Or maybe running an Android emulator for old video games with bluetooth controller support?
 

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I was curious if anyone was interested or knew of current ways to hack the infotainment center for things such as, playing a media file while driving, obviously not for the driver but other occupants. Or maybe running an Android emulator for old video games with bluetooth controller support?
two words "Voided warranty"
 

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"Playing a media file" while driving - are you just referring to video? Is audio no longer considered media?

I'm not an android developer but I imagine one could write an app that mimics android auto or apple carplay from your phone. specifically whatever it is that causes the screen to be taken over by the phone. Alternatively, if you 'hack' a device to act like a USB thumbdrive you might get away with something. We know that the lanewatch system allows video data to feed directly into the unit, so you may be able to do something there too.
 

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Right Angry Birds not a good idea. But proper navigation (WAZE for me) and music (Spotify) and even weather radar will be nice once the hacks and workarounds are commonly known. Much less safe to try and work them on your phone in your lap.
 

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Does Honda use the iMid units for their 10th Gen Civic infotainment systems? If it's the same as the 9th gen I think someone has figured out how to mirror their phones on it.
 

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Yes, I was referring to a video file when I said media. I was just interested to see if there were currently methods to do this but it doesn't sound like there are.
 

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So I just spent a good hour messing with my car's system here is what I found, although this probably isn't news to people...

I can save pics locally to the system but it didn't seem to allow mp3s, although it did allow apk packages but wouldn't install them... I can modify wallpapers, use live paper (except no slideshow option), create widgets and place apps on the desktop. When using the Android Gallery app I am able to play video while the car is parked. Put it into drive and it gives me a notice about this option not being available.

I also configured auto lock for when the key fob moves 6 feet away from the vehicle it locks it's self. Nice feature as I've forgot to lock my car multiple times since I have no reason to take the keys out of my pocket now...

Its pretty locked down which is probably a good thing considering the risks of malicious hacking activity via wifi or bluetooth.
 

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I was curious if anyone was interested or knew of current ways to hack the infotainment center for things such as, playing a media file while driving, obviously not for the driver but other occupants. Or maybe running an Android emulator for old video games with bluetooth controller support?
Yes, The civic appears to run on Linux pretty much android. I am researching hacks of the same sort and have found persons with success.
First look up HDMI connections from your android to your civic.
I have not purchased my civic yet, I am looking into how to get full access of my device via the civics built in touchscreen.
I want to avoid the civics proprietary systems and choose my android via the hondas screen. I am finding sucessfull
notes on HDMI connections between the car and your android look to be the way to get the services that are already running on your android rather than hondas version of navigation and entertainment.
You can already Bluetooth your android music and sounds from your android or iphone or other BT capable device to your honda sound system.
with your phone or tablet playing its own playlist and running your preferd navigation would come out the car speakers.

back to touchscreen control of your android, There is also MirrorCast.
If your handheld device is Mirrorcast capable, that lets you use the cars touchscreen to access the androids screen.
 

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I was curious if anyone was interested or knew of current ways to hack the infotainment center for things such as, playing a media file while driving, obviously not for the driver but other occupants. Or maybe running an Android emulator for old video games with bluetooth controller support?
Try this http://carplayios.net it only works on Jailbroken iPhones but works great for me I can play YouTube, use Waze or Google Maps, just about anything
 

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Seems like they could have taken more notes from BMW since i think they are just about the only brand out there that has done infotainment at its best and for a very long time. Might have been one of the first I believe. But these days they can be easily outpaced.
 

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I can understand why the infotainment system would have some problems, apple ios and andriod operating systems keeps updating more frequently than the car's system. There's bound to be some compatibility issues here and there. It would be great if the system worked perfectly but such is life.
 
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