Control Your Carís Interior Functions With an iPad Built into the Dashboard
Engadget reports on yet another innovation for the iPad as seen at this yearís CES Ė a car dashboard with an integrated iPad that controls not just your in-car entertainment and navigation, but also many other functions, including seat positions, climate controls and doubtless much more besides once it's fully up and running. The (deep breath!) Consumer Electronics Device to Vehicle HMI (human/machine interface) comes from Visteon, and fits into a dock on the dashboard. The iPad interacts with the vehicle via Bluetooth, with a specially designed app that Engadget got to spend hands-on time with, and which really does seem pretty amazing, interfacing with the radio, phone and navigation system, as well as displaying detailed information about the carís performance, including the speed, engine performance, fuel pressure and so on.
If this looks like something youíd like to have fitted in your car right now, or available in a new car, youíll have to wait a little longer Iím afraid, as Engadget says that Visteon has told them that the technology wonít be ready until approximately the middle of 2011.
Source: Visteon puts an iPad in a car dashboard, we go hands-on (video) -- Engadget