Open Source Hardware for the Beagle Traveler

The hardware side of the OBD 2 interface to the BB (BeagleBoard) will be open source. This is a call out to the community on how this should be handled. Attribution-ShareAlike or some other form of open source foundation needs to be finalized before the soldering iron heats up on this project. This way everyone will be able to build one relatively inexpensively and it will be in-line with the BB community. Other options will be available but off the shelf products will cost more. The Beagle Traveler will be an off the shelf product that any competent automotive shop should be able to install. Fleet service vehicles such as public transportation and public works vehicles can be monitored and serviced as data is passed back to the maintenance department.

The other side of the project will focus on in transit entertainment and communication. Once the OBD 2 is incorporated then this secondary project will fall into place. Ideas for this phase are still on the chopping block, so let us hear from the community on what this needs to be.

We are here and waiting for feedback. Comment below on your ideas.

Jason Kridner has started shipping Beagle Boards

Mr. Kridner at TI has started shipping Beagle Boards to approved project participants from the elinux.com beagle board contest. My project for OBD II project, Beagle Traveler, was approved by the contest judges. The Email from Mr. Kridner is as follows:

Hopefully you have all received boards or board shipping notices for
your projects by now.  If not, please contact me and copy.

I’d like for you all to get a bit more visibility on your projects.  I
believe that giving a 5 minute introduction to your project at the TI
eTech Days Community Lightning Talks [1] could give you some really
great exposure.  I hope that you will visit the wiki page [1],
register a time slot, send in a slide or two, and show up on the phone
to present.

Thanks again for being part of BeagleBoard.org!

[1] http://wiki.omap.com/index.php/ETechDays_Community_Lightning_Talks

P.S. I’m very open to giving @beagleboard.org e-mail addresses to
active participants, such as project leaders.

The Beagle Board has not arrived as of this posting and the project will be on hold until I receive one. If anyone has an extra to donate PLEASE contact me. I have access to an automative shop in Longview Texas with many qualified technicians interested in this project.