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Android library for accessing vehicle data


OpenXC Android Library

This library is a part of the OpenXC project.

This Android library contains the tools required to read vehicle data from the vehicle's CAN bus through the OpenXC vehicle interface in any Android application.

Visit the OpenXC project page for installation instructions, usage details and the source code documentation.

Building from Eclipse

After cloning the openxc-android repository to your local disk, open Eclipse and go to File -> New -> Other -> Android -> Android Project from Existing Source. Browse to the openxc-android folder and it should detect the 4 Android projects within the repository. At the minimum, add the openxc project (the Android library itself) and OpenXcEnablerActivity (the Enabler app, required to run OpenXC applications).

Building from Command Line

The build requires Maven v3.0.3+ and the Android SDK to be installed in your development environment. In addition you'll need to set the ANDROID_HOME environment variable to the location of your SDK:

export ANDROID_HOME=/opt/tools/android-sdk

You also need the Android support library, but unfortunately Google doesn't deploy the latest versions of this to the the Central Maven repository. Instead, you must open the Android SDK manager and install the "Android Support Repository" package (under "Extras"). Next, open a terminal and navigate to your SDK's top-level directory (e.g. /home/user/android-sdk.

You must manually copy the Maven artifacts from this folder to your local repository:

$ cp -R $ANDROID_HOME/extras/android/m2repository/com ~/.m2/repository

After satisfying those requirements, the build is pretty simple:

To compile the OpenXC library as an APKLIB and install it to your local Maven repository:

$ mvn install -pl openxc -am

To compile and build and APK for the Enabler app (that uses the OpenXC library):

$ mvn package -pl enabler

Finally, to deploy the packaged APK to an attached Android device and run it:

$ mvn android:deploy android:run -pl enabler
  • Run mvn clean install -pl openxc,openxc-it -am from the root directory to build and run the library and test suite. This requires that an Android device is attached or an emulator is running.

If you want the tests to wait for a debugger to attach, change the testDebug setting in openxc-android/pom.xml to true.


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