What I wanted was an aftermarket stereo like the Sony deck I had in my old car. That deck would allow me to control my phone from the buttons on the faceplate. That is that the pause, play, fast forward, rewind, next and previous track buttons all controlled the phone. This was a fantastic feature that made me love that five year old Sony stereo. But, I wanted that same functionality with the added functionality of the steering wheel controls.
There are several steering wheel control interfaces that work for many cars and stereos. As I began researching the right one to work with my 2011 VW Jetta SE 2.5. I ended up on YouTube, watching videos on the various products, when I happened on someone who used one to connect to a Google Nexus 7 tablet that they put in their car as a replacement for their car stereo. I loved the idea, so I decided to do the same thing to my car.
- Google Nexus 7, 16 GB, black, 2nd gen (2013) – $199 plus tax from Best Buy.
- Joycon EXR Steering Wheel Control PC Interface with Accessories and USB Cable – $42
- Scosche Dash Kit for 2006-Up Volkswagon Jett/Passat/Rabbit/Gti Double Din with Pocket – $18
- AmazonBasics 4-Port USB 2.0 Ultra-Mini Hub – $8
- Scosche Radio Wiring Harness for 2002-Up Volkswagen Power/Speaker Connector – $7
- Micro USB Host OTG Cable with Micro USB Power for Nexus 5 – $2
- Timur’s Kernel for Nexus 7 (2nd gen) – ~$40 USD
More to come…