The Apple iPad was released in April 2010 and is a tablet computer used for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. Internet connection is provided by the use of WiFi or 3G and is, basically, a larger iPad Touch or iPhone. It runs on a modified iPhone OS and has a multi-touch LCD sensitive to fingertips for easy navigation.
For its part, Ford tried to make good use of their Sync technology to determine whether the iPad would work on a Sync-enabled Ford vehicle. It turns out that, technically speaking, you can use an iPad with Sync technology , but it comes with a number of pretty glaring restrictions. The most definitive setback Ford discovered is that you can’t connect the iPad to Sync by using a USB. This will pretty much render the iPad useless, unless of course, you’re car is hooked up to an on-board WiFi hotspot.
Despite this supposed setback, we’re confident that Ford and other car brands can find a way to get the iPad working on their vehicles the same way Soundman was able to accomplish with his Toyota Corolla .
Check out the video and watch how the boys from the Blue Oval tried - with minimal success - to get the iPad Sync’d in to their vehicles.
We knew it was going to happen; we just didn’t realize it would happen so soon. With the launch of the new Apple iPad, Soundman Auto has decided to be the first to install one in their car. This video shows the first chapter in a series of videos that will follow the installation of the Apple iPad in a Toyota Corolla owned by Doug Bernards. The install will involve a McIntosh 6 channel amplifier MCC406M, and a special iPod dock which allows the digital signal to be pulled from the iPad and distributed to the Audison BitOne processor via optical output. We don’t exactly know how safe this will be considering the mounting numbers of car accidents due to electronic distraction. According to the National Safety Council, twenty-eight percent of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving. We have to wonder how much this percentage will increase if people start installing iPads into their vehicles. Don’t get us wrong, it’s cool to see what these car fanatics will do next, but we just don’t think installing an iPad in a car is very smart especially if you will be installing it in a Corolla. A Corolla…really? Anyway, check out the video. These guys can do some nice, clean work. We definitely have to give credit where credit is due on that aspect.
Admit it: whenever you buy a car, do you really make a concerted effort in reading the owner’s manual? If you said yes, you’re either lying or you’re part of the minority who really does care about what the manual says. If you answered no, then, well, at least you’re honest.
Hyundai doesn’t seem to think about the owner’s manual that they’re actually forgoing the little textbook to anybody buying the just-unveiled 2011 Hyundai Equus in favor of something that you probably would enjoy more: an iPad. Hyundai’s rationale for this quirky yet ingenious ‘promotion’ is that by giving Equus buyers an iPad instead of an owner’s manual, it should allow these customers to make vehicle service appointments wirelessly.
Yeah, right. Last time we checked, anybody with a wireless Internet connection can do that with a click of a few buttons. But we have to admit, it is a pretty nice take-with-you gift whenever you buy a car. Sort of like that St. Louis Hummer dealership that’s giving away free shotguns for every purchase of a Hummer.
Cool Hunting unveiled today their new Apple iPad application that takes inspiration from the new Cadillac CTS Coupe . Available beginning on April 3, the new Apple iPad is fixing to become the next great technological offering from Apple, one that a lot of car manufacturers - Alfa Romeo being one of them - are expected to use as a tool to promote new marketing endeavors through the creation of auto-inspired applications.
And now, it looks like Cadillac has jumped on-board.
"The Cadillac CTS Coupe serves as muse for our design and technology stories." says Josh Rubin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cool Hunting. "We’re always looking for ways to inspire our audience — both with the content we create and the way we deliver it. We’re excited that our relationship with Cadillac enabled new opportunities for our readers to engage with our content while pushing the innovative ways we work with brands."
As is the case with just about everything Apple makes these days, people are going to line up and scoop them up as soon as it hits stores. That’s the massive leverage that comes with being a market leader and a symbol of status all over the world.
So if you’re a company that’s hoping to capitalize on the popularity of Apple, it would be a pretty easy decision to jump on the ever-growing iPad table that’s scheduled to drop in stores in the near future.
One car brand that has taken the lead in using the iPad table as its own vehicular marketing tool is Infiniti . The Nissan-owned car brand is working on releasing a special version of its ‘adeyaka’ customer magazine that will be specifically produced for the iPad.
Don’t ask us what ‘adeyaka’ means because we don’t have the foggiest idea. In any case, Lutz Suendermann, Infiniti’s creative director and the tasked to head the project, said that “the iPad version of adeyaka will leverage many iPad functionalities to offer a completely unique reading experience, while maintaining the ’look and feel’ that already made adeyaka one of the most highly-acclaimed customer magazines."
According to Infiniti, the iPad version of the ‘adeyaka’ will largely complement the magazines print and web editions of the magazine. Be sure to drop by the Apple iTunes Store beginning in May of 2010 to download the first of what Infiniti hopes to be many issues of their new iPad-exclusive ‘adeyaka’ magazine.
If you are up to date on the latest on goings in wireless technology, then you should be familiar with Steve Job’s latest offering, the iPad. Like a plus sized iPhone the new 21st century tablet will offer the world a simple, sleek and lightweight PDA that is capable of doing everything from surfing the web to playing videogames and even reading virtual magazines in a way that the much more compact iPhone never could, even if it is 3Gs equipped. This is all well and good for the techies out there, but what does this mean for us automotive enthusiasts.
Measuring in at just over half an inch thick and tipping the scales at just over a 1.5 pounds, the iPad will bring a whole new level of wireless connectivity to in car passengers. And while the iPhone has apps that can measure your car’s 0 to 60 MPH time or check error codes, an iPad could be used to tune it on the fly just like Paul Walker in the original Fast and Furious film. If you thought texting and driving was a problem, the iPad could stir up a whole other round of driver distractions, but because of the electronic tablet’s inherent popularity automakers will almost certainly be forced to offer docking stations as well as iPod cables in their future models, but until then the sky is the limit as far as what the new portable computers will be doing on the regular highway as well as the information kind.
What would you do with an in car iPad?
Let us know what you think before checking out the video after the jump.