• Apr 15, 2010

Second in-car iPad installation by SoundMan Car Audio – Click above to view video after the jump

The gang at SoundMan Car Audio was the first to install an Apple iPad into an automobile when they dropped one into the dash of a Toyota Tacoma pickup the very day the device was officially released. That install was pretty slick, but required a bit of customization to the dash and a relocation of the controls. Now that they've had more than a week to think about it, SoundMan has once again done a car install of the wündertablet, this time sticking it into the dash of a 2004 Nissan Maxima.

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to see how the follow-up install went, but know that SoundMan has taken a remarkably different tack with this configuration, making a simple notched slot for the tablet to slip into, with a single plug leading to the existing audio system's aux jack. Slipping the iPad out of its holder reveals that the Max's stock navigation and back-up cam screen are still functioning in their original locations. Assuming glare isn't an issue, this install is very trick.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate the iPad and see no reason to have it in a car but that is a nice install
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think there are a couple of somewhat competitors to iPad any of which could be built in if desired. Any number of vehicles have video players and computers built in or plugged in, police, fire, working pickups...that part is old news. An iPad ?...if someone has one and it means that much... then go for it. We aren't quite there yet but new dash instrument design is just around the corner. Single one piece touch screens that will emulate all the usual instrument panels as well as add anything else you want to have programmed in. At that point a built in iPad type emulator that will do anything your current computer, radio, GPS or etc will do, and be just a touch screen tap, away.

      Anyone besides me remember built in 45 rpm record players and dial telephones for your car? Anything that is or was hi-tech finds its way into cars. It's just a combining of big boys toys.

      So all the fanboi or haters on here are just much ado about not very much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That will be nice for datalogging. Get an app from FAST, BigStuff3, Accel, AEM, or other aftermarket standalone engine management companies and monitor on the fly. Heck, monitoring a stock ECU through the OBDII port should be even easier!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally hate the idea of screens all over a car's interior, and I am no fan of touchscreens versus physical buttons.

      ...but I have to say that except for the glare issue, that is a pretty clean install. The slot along the top to slip it in is rather slick and simple. I'll give the guy props for ingenuity even if it is a little on the tacky side.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me get this straight. I AGREE with you. Yet your ranking is 3 stars and mine is half of one. Doesn't make sense. Not that I give a...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hazdaz

        "I personally hate the idea of screens all over a car's interior, and I am no fan of touchscreens versus physical buttons."

        Much intelligence i sense in you...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haters! This install is clean and quick. The iPad is an amazing front end piece of tech for a car media and in time I'm sure people will refine their ideas into something that's more functional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haters? I see nothing but truth spoken so far based on the photos posted. Tell me how a massive glare magnet is in anyway good for your driving experience. And who cares what kind of technology it packs if you can't see what the heck it's doing with finger prints all over the damn thing...

        Nobody is hating, you just sound like a fanboy that wants everyone to look past the obvious flaws.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a friend that does fabrication on cars and I agree the install looks very clean. Sure the glare may be a bit much but hey give it time I'm sure they'll come out with I dunno a tinted film or I dunno something.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Braden, is a large format iPod Touch supposed to be a BAD thing???

        And "mostly useless extra screen space"? You sure you don't mean "more useful"? Or do you mean you don't see any creative uses for a touch screen? That problem is on your end.

        The beautiful 9"x7" multitouch screen works wonderfully, thanks. All the uses that the iPod Touch is too small for are revolutionary on the iPad.

        Ever try reading on an iPhone? Too small.
        Browsing the web? Ditto.
        Showing a slide show to friends? Too small.
        For games? Too small.
        Movies? Too small.
        You get the idea...

        The iPhone/Touch are pocket devices.
        The iPad isn't.

        Perhaps you didn't understand how to use one? There's a little home button on the bottom. Try pressing that once. When the screen glows, that means it's on. Hope that helps, for future reference.

        Try one, enjoy, then comment...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Until Apple rigs up a way for it to display video from an external source, I don't see the iPad ever going too far in car-media rigs.

        A true Car-PC is FAR more flexible. Once again, the iPad proves that it is just an overgrown iPod Touch with very little purpose beyond its mostly useless extra screen space.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And presto, your enjoying all your favorite websites, as long as they don't use some tech Apple doesn't allow (flash).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, nobody cars what I do. Do they motorcycle what I do?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I plan on using an iPad in my car. It will be the 3G model so I can use it as a GPS/Nav system.

      I agree with @iDave101 in that you simply cannot have in the direct sunlight. In fact, my plan is to remove it and take it into work, etc... It won't tolerate the heat. The upper limit is 95F.

      I do have an iPhone, however, it never fails that some calls right when I need to make a turn and it pops out of GPS mode and goes to phone mode. One might consider a dedicated nav like a Garmin, but then I end up lugging a laptop around. I travel a lot and this will serve as my portable computer. I only do e-mail, internet, etc.., plus it can do NetFlix and other services. So for me, the iPad makes sense.

      For a better idea of how it might be installed check out: http://twitpic.com/1eolve

      I haven't been impressed with either of these installations. Way too complicated with horrible ergonomics.

      My iPod/iPhone/iPad will connect to my car via an iSimple Gateway. It works very well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that car doesn't have nearly enough screens.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is this an article at all? Who cares, other than the MAC fanboys? Can we please stick with articles that have to do with automobiles?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice 10" glare panel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So can we now expect posts every time a YouTube video shows up with some guy installing some handheld device in the dash of a car? I mean, there is an end, right? How many "guy puts iPad in dash" posts do we need?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Am I the only one here who thinks it's a bit ridiculous that this person had to carve a hole out of his dash to get use out of his iPad, and he isn't even the only one to think that was a good idea?

        News flash!

        Your iPhone can give you directions. And if that's too small, there are dozens of navigation systems on the market, and plenty of factory-installed options.

        Is it just me, or are people really stretching to find an actual use for this thing? I hate to keep bringing this up, but I still really don't understand what the niche for this contraption is, especially at its price point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        New ipad only $499!!!!

        But when its all said and done your gonna spend at least a grand on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice install, but rather silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, and pointless. It doesn't do anything that the existing nav system does, except allow to watch video which you shouldn't do driving anyway.

        If it was replacing the NAV/entertainment unit it's another story, and allows the user to use steering wheel controls to cycle through songs etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally like the fingerprint smudges each time he touches the iPad.
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