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Ford Sync USB Updating

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:07 pm
by Victimofareload
Hello Everyone, Long time Pi user, First time poster. Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

So here's a project I've been toying around with.

I have a 2013 F150. It's got Ford Terrible SYNC technology. Currently, I have all of my music on a 500GB hard drive, Which I bring into the house every few months and put new music on it. I'd like to automate that, And I was curious what everyone's thoughts were for doing this.

So First off. Disregard Powering and mounting the device. I've got that covered.

Secondly. Connectivity. My Wifi will reach the truck no problem.

Third, All of my music is currently on a Synology NAS. Being shared Via SMB, FTP, NFS..You name it.

So here's what I'm thinking. The goal is automation. I'm trying to avoid having to unplug/replug stuff.

1. If anyone is aware of how to emulate a mass storage device, And have it appear to sync as a USB drive, Pulling from a folder on the Pi's File system. I could Rsync the music on command. Or on a cron job. Run it every five minutes. And when the Pi is within wifi range, It'll connect and pull the new changes.

2. Using the existing hard drive. I could have it do the above and write it to the hard drive. The question is. What happens when the Pi and the SYNC want to mount the drive at the same time.. Ie. hooking the drive to two "computers" at the same time..

All I can think of right now. And I'm not sure either of the above is doable without plugging/replugging stuff. For instance, 2 would work. But I'd have to connect the drive to the pi. Then back to the truck when it was done. Anyone else have any creative ideas?

Re: Ford Sync USB Updating

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:36 pm
by kyled2012
I've used a cheap USB switch to do exactly this in my car, seems to work fine.
It's really just a nice way to do your option 2.

If you figure out a way to do option 1 I'd be pretty interested.

Not my device, but the same thing

Re: Ford Sync USB Updating

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:34 pm
by default_user8
Not a solution, but it could be a start.
http://www.j5create.com/our-products/wo ... tches.html