Install A Game Console In Your Car For Backseat Entertainment

When you have a long road trip with the kids — or even attention-seeking friends — you can keep them occupied with a game console. Instructables user rochassassin installed a 19-inch television and Xbox in the back seat of his car, and you can too.

Although not a simple project by any means, rochassassin managed to get everything set up with a metal bar he found in the yard, some accurate measurements, a power converter and proper wiring. If you have a day to do that work, you can have a pretty awesome setup. An Xbox (or other modern console) doesn't just bring gaming to the backseat, but it also offers a way to play local movies or even stream from online if you have a hotspot. If your passengers need something to focus on for those long trips, you should check out the full how-to guide over at Instructables.

Put A 19in Tv And Game Console In Your Car [Instructables]


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    How does he see out of the rear view mirror? Screw it he has an Xbox. Pimp my ride!

    Last edited 30/07/13 3:03 pm

    Surely that is illegal?

    Couldn't providing advice like this to the Australian public put you at risk as well?

      I suspect the image exaggerates the blocking effect of the screen. Back-seat entertainment isn't illegal, but yes, anyone installing it needs to consider visibility.

      I suspect the image exaggerates the blocking effect of the screen. Back-seat entertainment isn't illegal, but yes, anyone installing it needs to consider visibility.

      The placement of the TV? Probably, it does look like it's obstructing the view.

      Having it behind the driver through is generally fine from what I know (though IANAL), and you may need to have it professionally installed, too, to avoid potential defect notices.

      In NSW I think you only need visibility out of 2 mirrors.

    Or you could just give your kids a portable DVD player and/or tablet. This is just dangerous stupid overkill.

    A 19 inch screen for the back seat!? 10 inches would have been plenty at that distance.

    Yeah! A disc based console in a moving car, what a great idea...

    Give them a SNES, it has better games and no moving parts

    Whilst this is really cool, I kinda like talking to the kids when I'm driving places. If I had one of these, I'd never get anything out of them but grunts.

    I think his rear view mirror still works, it's just the angle of the shot.

    Paraphrasing ADR 14/01 - rear view mirrors (not direct quote)

    'Vehicles must have a mirror or mirrors capable of reflecting to the driver as far as practicable a clear view of the road to the rear of the driver and of any following or overtaking vehicle.

    if driver cannot see for any reason out of an internal rear view mirror, vehicle must be fitted with at least one mirror on each side.'

    There are many reasons that the internal mirror can be quite useless:
    -Loaded up rear cargo area in a hatch (perfectly legal)
    -Stickers on rear window (perfectly legal, but maybe not intelligent)
    -Solid Tray Cover on Ute/Truck

    My understanding is that if the mirror is permanently blocked you could quite reasonably just remove the internal rear view mirror. Having said that, I'm not a cop, and local rules may supersede this and in no way do I advocate reducing your ability to observe others on the road!

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