• Apr 5, 2010

World's first Apple iPad automotive installation – Click above to view video after the jump

You knew it wouldn't be long before somebody tried to install the new Apple iPad in their ride. Well, it's already happened, and the "somebody" in this case is Doug Bernards of SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, California. The team's ride of choice for what is claimed to be the world's first automotive iPad install is a Toyota Tacoma pickup. SoundMan decided to use a McIntosh amp for the build, naturally. The team was among the first to receive an iPad, and they got to work immediately. The video chronicling the installation is after the jump.

Besides the iPad, the system consists of an Audison Bit One processor, the McIntosh six-channel amplifier,
an Onkyo ND-S1 and "a special iPod dock which allows the digital signal to be pulled from the iPad and distributed to the BitOne via optical output." As the blurb on the company's website puts it:
We chose to use the iPad as the only source for the vehicles entertainment system. The dock connector will plug into a cable that runs to a Onkyo ND-S1 which will send the digital signal from the iPad directly into an Audison Bit One. The Bit One will then act as the D/A converter, and will also process the audio signal. The Bit One also has a great controller for adjusting the volume and audio settings. The amplifier we chose is the McIntosh MCC406M. Stay tunned for the rest of the build. You'll be able to find all the pictures and videos on this page as they become available.
Follow the jump to follow the installation from unboxing the components to firing it up. While the screen looks enormous in the dash, it actually doesn't look out of place and at first glance, it almost appears factory installed. The placement of the controller is a bit of a tell, and the rounded edges of the iPad need a bezel perhaps, but job well done on job number one. The team still needs to fully wire it up, but the mockup is finished. Stay tuned for part two after the rest of the components arrive. Great tip, VJ!

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Shadowlayer - You obviously don't know what Assisted GPS is, but it includes a satellite chip. Wikipedia is your friend on this one.

      BTW, the 3G had GPS, the compass was added for the 3GS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's worth noting that the iPad (just like the iPhone and iPod Touch) can't sync new music to itself wirelessly. Hard to believe, but absolutely true.

      Hopefully that will change with iPhone OS 4.0, but until then, you're literally looking at taking that iPad out of the dash every time you want to add music, or more realistically bringing a laptop out to your car and wiring up a usb port + switch of some kind to plug said laptop into it.

      So if you have delusions of being able to drive into your garage and have it pull down your new music and podcasts... think again (for now).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eh, it's just OK to me, kinda like a Pimp My iRide.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quadruple DIN!
      • 4 Years Ago

      Putting a McIntosh amp in a vehicle should be a hanging offense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be much more useful when the 3G version comes out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought about this when I heard about the iPad, decided to go more traditional car-puter route in my Tacoma instead. Mostly because I'm not an apple fan, but also because of the limited features it provides. But do like the small (thin) form-factor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car installation was one of the first things that came to mind when I saw the iPad. I think it would be great to have in my car, especially for GPS, listening to music, and watching movies (not while driving obviously). Nothing that extreme, though. Just a solid car mount.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is an app right now developed by Jacobs Media that is being used by the radio station Air1 that runs in the background through Safari. It shouldn't be long until other streaming audio outlets figure it out as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except you can only do one of those things at a time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can listen to music while using any app.. You just can't run pandora/last.fm in the background.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one hell of a faceplate to remove....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a tacoma and an ipad and was thinking about doing this (i already have my iphone jacked in and use it for everything from music to traffic to nav), it's great. There are two major flaws with this setup though. 1- it's a wifi only ipad so no GPS, no streaming audio/video and no real-time traffic updates. And 2 - it's hardwired in there so when iPad OS 4.0 comes out, how are you gonna update the firmware?

      It's a great build though, really well executed. Can't wait for part 2. And Sound Man, figure out how to do it as a docking station instead of a permanent install and i'll buy a kit from you lickity split.
      yokoach
      • 4 Years Ago
      great...one more thing to help people not pay attention to driving...we needed this....I can't wait for the all automated car so the toy addicts can install whatever they want and have the car drive them safely while they play...unfortunately I'm guessing that many of the techno toy addicts won't want to give up the autonomy of driving under their own power...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It makes for an excellent in-car device and its way more advanced that much pricier options (kenwood).

      Theres just two BIG PROBLEMS:

      1-It doesnt have an actual GPS like the iPhone, so it's wont good for navi

      2-Nor does it have multitasking, so even if it did have a proper GPS you wouldnt be able to use it AND do something else, like listening to music or an audio book.
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

        And what does it say there for the iPhone's GPS?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well you can listen to music while using other apps so that point is moot. The 3G version has GPS also. Its as easy as them swapping it out with the 3G version when it comes out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha and I thought they added an actual GPS with the compass.

        Well that changes things: now BOTH ipad and iphone suck at navigation, since if you find yourself without 3G you'll be SOL

        Kinda sucks considering now any crappy phone has REAL GPS
        • 4 Years Ago
        READ the iPad specs at Apple: it says it has assisted GPS (3G+WiFi) which is NOT the same as the sat GPS on the iPhone.

        And you cant plug a USB GPS dongle into it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They do have real GPS. Assisted GPS just refers to the fact that they use cell towers and Wifi in order to calculate their current location quicker. If you have ever taken your GPS on a plane with you to the other side of the country and started it up you will know exactly what I am talking about. When a GPS receiver changes location drastically they take a really long time to get their location.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_GPS
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