The first thing that I wanted to try after buying a display for my Raspberry Pi 3 is to setup an Android Auto unit in my car. I already have Raspbian OS installed on my SD card. I tried installing android auto on the Raspberry pi manually. But for some reason I was not able to build it from the source. So I looked into alternatives and found there is a much easier way to do this. Crankshaft here has a super easy guide on how to setup Android Auto on Raspberry pi.
All you need is the image of the Crankshaft software which you need to flash in the SD card using a software called Etcher. After flashing, plug the SD card in your Pi and do some basic setting and you are good to go. Here is me trying to check how it looks in my car. I used the Charger socket in my car to power up the pi. I didn’t see any power problem by doing so. If you need a much safer way to power the board, you can make use of a Power bank.
The thing here is that if you are going to use your RPi as a dedicated Android Auto unit in your vehicle then this method is probably the best way to do it. Alternatively if you want the RPi for multiple use, this may not be the ideal way. I want to use my RPi for different purpose. So I’m looking for ways to install this on top of my OS. I also have plans to integrate Retropie and a media center along with this. I’ll post it once I complete it.