I am trying to build my own car navigational system and vehicle informational system. I am in North Carolina so NC G.S. § 20-136.1 is the main reference point I am starting from. This just explains that computers are forbidden and their exceptions. I am using a raspberry pi and making a touchscreen that is mounted in my cup holder. Whenever driving it is only to be used as a navigational system and a vehicle informational system. Are there any previous cases or references to what classifies as a computer and as a navigational system or cases where people got tried for things like this. Is it also possible to get written approval from a department in NC on the system I am making.

Other states will be driving through and would like to know the legal status of my system. VA, MD, District of Columbia

  • All navigation systems are computers but programed to have the sole, special purpose of navigation. Why do you think what you are making will not be an "aftermarket navigation system" - which are explicitly allowed? Do you have am mode that exposes the computer terminal on the touch screen? Dec 9 '19 at 6:26
  • @GeorgeWhite laws are tricky. Therefore I am making sure what I make is completely in a green zone. Making sure what I have, is classified as a navigational system and not a computer is critical so I am exempt from that law. The system I am trying to integrate is headunit-display which contains android auto and a few other functions. In driving mode there is no terminal. Is a terminal a requirement for a device to be classified as a computer or are there other requirements? Is there a particular case or law that decides that?
    – MSPO
    Dec 9 '19 at 7:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.