• May 3, 2010
Scosche's iKit for in-car iPad installation – Click above to watch video after the jump

Two years ago at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas we were told by a number of car interior designers that iPhone control of in-car infotainment systems was going to be a huge thing in the near future. In the meantime, it looks like iPad installation will be the huge in-car peripheral of the present – in more ways than one.

Scosche has developed a double-din solution called the iKit for installing the new iPad where your stereo used to go. It's not the most elegant setup because it's intended to keep your iPad portable, with a rotating dock at the end of a ball-joint mounted in the dash. But if you just gotta jack your iPad into your car and still have it handy when the ride's over, the iKit could be for you. Follow the jump for Schosche's official demonstration vid of the iKit with all the details.

[Source: Scosche]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Driving and using an Ipad? Everybody knows that Apple users can only do one thing at a time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zing!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially since that's all the iPad can do.
      Hummafubars
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can i get one immediately?
      • 4 Years Ago
      These things need to be outlawed! There's already enough distractions causing people be be terrible drivers out there. We really need MORE?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another tool to clean out the stupid people gene pool. Unfortunately many innocent people will also be hurt or worse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My my, what a bunch of predictable old grannies we have here on Autoblog.

      If you use your imagination for more than a judgemental split second, some very interesting possibilities arise:

      - It's a nice big 9.5 inch screen so for stuff like navigation it could actually be safer* than systems with itty bitty screens. No need to squint and you can have big, easy to prod buttons on the thing.

      - For playing music, a car-specific app would make sense. But even with iTunes, it's not like you're going to spend all your time squinting at your iTunes library. Maybe choose something at a stoplight, play and forget.

      - If the mount is sturdy enough, the GPS + tilt sensing + accelerometers + a datalogging app could make this an absolutely insane trackday datalogging machine. Something similar to what a Performance Box already does but even better - in addition to realtime lap timing, G meters etc. you could pull in after a track session and immediately start going through your braking points, cornering lines etc.

      - They already have an iPhone app for a portable dyno - now that just got better.

      - If you could hook this into your ECU, you could use an app to show you custom gauges, ECU parameters etc. No need for stupid multiple gauges all around your interior anymore.

      - The possibilities for tuning are insanely huge with one of these things. With an interface into your ECU you could do realtime datalogging for one (monitoring timing, AF ratios, knock and such) but you could also conceivably tune the car using this thing as well if somebody ported, say, AEM/Hondata/Ecuflash to it.

      Apart from all the above car related possibilities stuff it's also still useful as a TV/movie player, web surfer, email terminal, light use computer and such.



      Seems a lot of people immediately thought of this as a simple iPad-in-a-car before considering the real potential and possibilities here. And for that, a big F- in imagination for a whole bunch of you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Developed special cable (USB + audio)?
      It seems like straight BMW iPod cable to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I don't like about this iKit is that it totally replaces your radio. I plan on doing something like this for the GPS and even the iPod parts of my iPad 3G, but I'm not necessarily going to bring my iPad everywhere I go. I certainly wouldn't leave it in my car if I didn't have to.

      They need to offer the iKit with a way to slip it into a standard DIN slot, bolt it in, and let me worry about getting it to work with my car's OEM stereo. In my case, I already have an iSimple Gateway.

      So, dear people at Scosche please make the iKit sans the necessity of replacing my stereo! Thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and watch B&E's skyrocket with a corresponding increase in insurance rates.

      Got an I-Pad? 25% surcharge.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Theft target!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, fortunately I live in one of those logical states where I keep a loaded 9mm in my arm rest.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmm. You did see that the whole thing detaches right? As in, not only detachable face, but detachable mobile unit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now what would be interesting is some video to see if it holds up to a stage two launch in the STI.

      If you could keep the stock radio and this snapped in using a easily removeable mount then it might be somewhat interesting. I just don't see many people replacing their car audio with an ipad. Pretty much forced into taking your ipad with you wherver you go. Otherwise it's gonna get snatched.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This confirms that Apple products are truly for the hardup losers. If you need a fking IPAD in front of your face 24/7 even while driving, YOU NEED A LIFE.

      markatmagnadyne
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just got this cool iPad Overhead Docking Station by mobilevision. My family loves it. http://youtu.be/xtNjzHPhYmY
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