Apple's iPad mini has not been on the market very long, but some aftermarket shops are already installing the tablet into a car. We saw this practice with the iPad and iPad 2, but the 7.9-inch version of the Apple product could be ideal for automotive integration.

Florida-based "Soundwaves of Tampa" has become the first outfit that we know of to install the iPad Mini in a passenger car. The vehicle of choice? A 2012 Toyota Corolla. The iPad Mini was worked into the center console of the compact sedan by replacing the stereo DIN with a custom mount. It slides out of the side, and has a seamless appearance when installed.

So what will it take to bring the iPad's functionality to your car? According to the Soundwaves of Tampa YouTube page, the tablet can be installed in most cars for $800, not including the $329-659 price of the iPad Mini. The company is quick to point out that the installation price will vary based on the vehicle in which the tablet would be installed. Check out the video below to let one of the creative individuals from Soundwaves of Tampa best describe the product.


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      GeeDavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just what we need, Angry Birds being played at highway speeds.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GeeDavy
        [blocked]
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      dashboard distractions are going to increase the rate of rearenders.
      john
      • 2 Years Ago
      accident coming near you
      twofingersneak
      • 2 Years Ago
      still won't necessarily be a real value-add until it can be integrated into the vehicle - for example, a vehicle control app using the interface to control am/fm/cd/satrad + climate control + satnav + whatever else you can think of. surely there's a future alternative out there to replace some of the gawdawful dashboard/console interfaces out there...
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twofingersneak
        Fortunately the Corolla keeps it real with mid-90s manual A/C controls.
        DC Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twofingersneak
        Exactly... have the standard car functions available as an app that can get its vehicle data and info via a bluetooth/nfc/usb link with the car. The tablet can then tether with your cell for internet data/phone/navigation service.
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twofingersneak
        Nexus tablet hooked to my JVC head unit is coming pretty close. All they have to do is have like 4 buttons on the steering wheel like tablets do and control them through usb (home, back, menu, search) Right now I can change tracks, mute, volume controls which is what all ipod integration basically does so far. I love that it mutes my music and tells me when to turn then goes back up. It also will mute the music when a call comes in and I can answer/reject since it lets me hook tablet and phone at once.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tech 1: "Hey, lets put a tablet in the most boring car we can find!" Tech 2: "Awesome, that way when it inevitably crashes - no big loss!!"
      electros
      • 2 Years Ago
      That aint nuthin! I got a Admiral 8 track hi-fidelity player under my dash!
      john john
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also remember once outside you will no longer be able to view the ipad screen in any sunlight.
      phil.smith2
      • 2 Years Ago
      They give tickets for using a phone while driving, why don't they give tickets for using a GPS or an iPad?
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty cool, but I would much rather a Nexus 7 in the dash of my car.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
        "If only you could see what I've seen through your eyes."
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good luck getting around with Siri and Crapple Maps. Get an Android instead.
        mkenjalo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
        Relevant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7CviZEdID0
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Personally I think touchscreen devices in cars are inherently dangerous and should be banned.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      So now we encourage distracted driving to the fullest, eh AB?
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        I believe they are just reporting on it. Reporting on something doesn't mean you encourage it; ie. rape, murder, etc.
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