How to create a “Smart Car”

Using an old phone, you can have on demand content without filling up your primary phone

What do you think of when someone references a smart car?  I use the term “smart car” a little different than others.  I have a 2010 vehicle, and I use the Bluetooth with my regular phone.  I have tested applications like Zubie and other ODB devices over the years for educational purposes, but my primary focus with the smart car is having an on demand learning center.  I want it to be able to deliver content quickly and effortlessly.  I also prefer free content when possible!

I referenced the podcasts that I have on my playlist in a previous blog post, in this post, I will share how I turned my wife’s old Droid Phone from several years ago into a dedicated learning device.

So, how did I create this learning center?


Step 1

Installed BeyondPond and configured auto download of designated podcasts at 3 am to my device.  ( I also completely wiped the device; it is not using a sim card connected to Verizon anymore)  Just basic wireless.

Step 2

Set up an access point in the garage, so the android phone is always online when in the garage.  This allows for the auto updating of content

Step 3

This may sound old school, but I use the headphone/aux setting on the radio. This allows me to quickly flip back and forth to Bluetooth for my main phone.

Why didn’t I use my primary phone for this purpose?

I Didn’t want to fill up memory and I liked the idea of a dedicated device for both podcasts and audio books.

Using this simple process I am able to make every step count while in the car.  Or should I say every mile?

My Top 16 Recommended Podcasts

my go to list of podcasts for intentional learning

Over the last couple of years, podcasts have become critical while I am in the car or out for a run.  I use this time for new ideas, skill refinement and reflection.  Below are some podcasts I currently have loaded, but I am always looking for ideas and suggestions!

Life, Hacks, Productivity, and Leadership
Michael Hyatt
5am Miracle
Daily Disciple with Rory Vaden
Tim Ferris Show (4-hour workweek)
Read to Lead
Smart People Podcast
Eternal Leadership

Bill Hybels – Willow Creek

HBR IdeaCast
DFJ Entrepreneurial  Thought Leaders Series
Duct Tape Marketing

This week in Startups
Product Hunt
The Startup Grind


Any others you would recommend to me?  Send them my way!  Click Here