Bluetooth GPS for Car

by Bartimaeus, published

Bluetooth GPS for Car by Bartimaeus Feb 25, 2015
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps


Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

5308Views 1996Downloads Found in Hobby


This is a case for a sub $50 bluetooth GPS that should work with any android app that supports NMEA protocols, commonly used for lap timing in cars/motorcycles. I designed the case for this and gave input on the wiring for my friend, who gets credit for setting everything up. You can get more details about it and him (aidandj) at the forum thread link posted below.

Confirmed to work with the following Android apps:
Harry's Lap Timer


Original forum thread

There are some that will be for sale at this thread:

This is an ongoing design and will change a bit. Plans include changing the design to have acrylic plates on both sides and alternate plates that support adding suction cup mounts to keep the box in place.

Update 3/9/15: Adding files for suction cup mounting. These are the suction cups that were used:
Also changed the design to v2 for the bottom, which replaces the 3d printed bottom with a laser cut plate, allowing you to choose which side is oriented "up" using the suction cup mount.

Update 3/17/2015: There is now a test video of the GPS working in a Mazda Miata (you can see it by the rear view mirror).

Update 3/30/2015: New video of the GPS working on a test course:


Parts List:
HC-05 (or HC-06) module with 5v adapter board

RYN25AI GPS Module (Be sure to get one that has an EEPROM)

Adafruit USB Mini breakout board

Alternate: Pololu USB Mini breakout board

Double Length 0.1" Pitch Header Pins

Four (4) 1" long 4-40 screws

Four (4) 4-40 Nylock Nuts

Soldering the Bluetooth and GPS Together
When soldering the Bluetooth and the GPS module together use double long header pins (0.1" pitch) and line up the RX/TX,TX/RX, and GND pins (NOTE: RX and TX are "swizzled", meaning that RX on the Bluetooth goes to TX on the GPS, and vice versa). The antennas for the bluetoth and GPS modules should be facing in opposite directions when they are stacked together.

Preparing the USB Breakout Board
The holes in the case are meant for a 4-40 screw, so you will have to drill out the mounting holes on the circuit board to make them bigger (1/8" should work).

More from Hobby

view more

All Apps

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Quickly Scale, Mirror or Cut your 3D Models

App Info Launch App

Treatstock is an online platform that offers decentralized manufacturing services such as 3D printing and CNC machining for business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales all over the world. W...

App Info Launch App

3D print your favourite design with NinjaPrototype, a professional 3D manufacture with consistent quality and speed.

App Info Launch App