I've always believed there is big money in aftermarket automation for vehicles. I've rewired portions of every vehicle I've owned to add pulsing brake lights, remote start, auto up windows, turn signal cancellation, cameras, etc. If you started with a few popular models and had an easy, nearly plug-n-play harness (think of something that piggybacks on the fuse blocks and switch connectors) you could easily turn any car into a more user-friendly auto.
Just my thoughts as I start planning a partial automation system for my Rinker. Right now that includes an rPi, wifi, and various sensors to allow:
- remote monitoring of battery voltage, GPS location, bilge pump status, and motion/perimeter/door sensor
- streaming media for both wireless devices and the cabin TV's
- streaming music for the TV's and radios, including casting from mobile devices
- auto blower/starting of the genny when anchored out to maintain battery voltage
- long-range wifi acquisition and rebroadcasting, with a 4G/LTE failover capability
- an alarm for dragging anchors, combustible gasses, water in the bilge, warming fridge, CO/CO2, low potable water, high blackwater, etc. with a simple dashboard (so the wife is less concerned about being left on anchor while I paddle off).
The great thing is these systems sell for thousands, but with under $250 and a weekend I can build out 90% of the capabilities, and given another weekend I can even make it pretty and more robust.
This is a placeholder - the build will hopefully start once the boat is ready for the season.