It's not unheard of for tuners to throw a small PC into a car (commonly called a "carputer" in the industry). It's a lot less common for Android to appear in cars, though it does happen - GM has considered using it to power OnStar and has a Volt app, while the Roewe 350 rocks Android in a pretty hardcore way. We've yet to hear of aftermarket tuners taking advantage of Android - until now, that is. Chip tuner Superchips has released what appears to be custom software built on Android and running on the Archos 43.

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The results are impressive, especially considering this is the first we're seeing of Android making its way into a device like this. They've carried all the GPS, audio/video, and gaming capabilities of Android, and thrown in:

  • Chip (ECU) tuning
  • Gauges
  • Inclinometer/G-Force meter
  • Maintenance tracking
  • Backup camera support

There's no word on price or release date, but for other details, hit up the source link.

[Source: Superchips, thanks for the tip Eric A.]