Hacking My Car Again

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For some dumb safety reason, Pioneer will not let you enter addresses into the GPS while the car is in motion — further more, the only way it allows you to prove you are not in motion is to have the parking brake over. So the scenario is while Kim and I are in the car, I have to pull over on the side of the highway, put on the parking brake, then enter the address of the destination. Bogus. The same logic is used to prevent DVDs from playing on the display while driving. So I usually resort to looking things up on my iPhone instead of the new stereo. Something had to change.

Luckily, I wasn’t the first to be annoyed by this. So with a pair of wire cutters, a screwdriver, tire terminator, and some time, I was able to hack the stereo so that it thinks the parking brake is on all the time. Perfect. However, Pioneer also had the GPS interfere — when the car goes over 16 MPH, it also cuts off the feature. So with a 1 GB SD flash card, Winrar, and some hacked boot code, I was able to go in and boot the OS, update some INI config, and tell it that 16 MPH should be 128 MPH. Now, I (or my co-pilot) is free to navigate as we see fit.

That OS looks so familiar?

  • Nice! Gotta love hackeration.

    [Although, you better hope the dealership doesn’t read your blog when you go in to make a warranty claim! ;)]

  • It is out of warranty. It is getting old! Plus, it is an aftermarket stereo.

  • Is this on the Mercedes or the H2?

  • H2. Sorry, I guess I implied that with “my” but not so clear.

  • I see one problem, now you will not be able to enter addresses into your GPS when travelling over 128MPH.

    Oh, I also have a comp. to Park to Park. I was going to run it but we are going to Lake Powell this week instead.

    Shoot me an email if you want it.