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In-car GPS/Enterainment

Discussion in 'Car Systems' started by Seadog, May 13, 2012.

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    I do a lot of traveling with my iPad, so I created a way to mount it in the center dash compartment with only a minor modification. I use the GPS function for route info since I try diffent ways of traveling. Since driving in some areas is lousy for radio reception, I found a cable that would connect to the radio's input jack and a USB plug for charging. I can play music from the iPad tunes, and other things. One of my GPS programs even provides elevation readings when travelling through the mountains. Finally, I use Gas Buddy to plan the best places to get fuel.

    My only problem is that the GPS programs are battery drains. No matter which charger I use, it will still drain on a long trip. With the 2 amp chargers, I can go all day without going below 40%, but if we do one of our 15 hour non-stop runs, we would need to turned off the GPS for periods to recharge. We also used the TomTom to find places to eat and Wal-Marts for rest breaks along the routes we take.
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    Your post didn't mention which iPad you're using. I've found that with my iPad 2, I could go on long trips and my iPad would stay fully charged the entire time. That's just using an 12 volt iPad charger in the lighter. I have not taking more than an 1 hour trip since getting the new iPad, but indications are that it does too, more so if I turn brightness down on the screen.
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    Mostly the original iPad. I have not done any really long trips with the new iPad, but it seems to be about the same or worse. Having two GPS programs going while listening to music, and also doing Internet searches is bound to be a drain. One thing for certain, while it is never long enough, compared to what I seen in the past with all types of electronics, the battery life is amazing.
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    Suggest not driving nonstop for 15 hours, for safety's sake. Even with more than one driver, sleeping in a car and then driving is not the equivalent of a good night's rest.
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    We do not do the 15 hour trips very often. When we do, we convoy as a group usually, and most of the non-stops were in our F150 SuperCab. The rear seat folded down and was big enough to make a bed by laying down blankets and sleeping bags. Three of us to a vehicle. One sleeping, one driving, and one making sure the driver does not sleep. I don't have much problem making long drives. I also know when to pull over. We would leave out in the evening, me driving for the first few hours. My wife would take over at midnight or so, and then I sleep a few hours. Once in Korea, I had to spend 72 hours driving because I was the only one who could drive the vehicle needed to do the job. I swore to never again do anything like that. I also slugged a MP that tried to wake me up when I did get to sleep, but that is another story.
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    Personally, I would stick to the TomTom for GPS, and save the battery drain. I find my GPS to be unobtrusive while I'm driving. The iPad is a touch too big, IMO.

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    In the picture above you can see the GPS. From my seat, it doesn't obscure any of the road.

    Sent from my iPad 4 HD mini
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    Also, it is hard to see in general. The iPad, IMO, is perfect for long trips:
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    Very easy to view at a glance. I keep my Garmin as a backup...tucked away inside my car.
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    @AQ_OC. Which app are you using? Apologies if you've posted the name before.

    Sent from my iPad 4 HD mini
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    Navigon.
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    Looks useful. I'll have to check it out.

    Sent from my iPad 4 HD mini
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    @ AQ_QC
    that looks like a really nice set up
    I should try that sometimes...

    now i just need to plan for a trip to somewhere

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    Navigon!!!!
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    I test mine out driving back and forth to work....80-mile round trip.
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    I think the Ipad is too much big to be used as a gps and uncomfortable. Il have to agree with kevinjs and go with tom toms. But using Ipad is also a great idea if you really have no gps
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    I bought a little 40 MPG 2012 Hyundai Accent. (It actually gets 40 MPG on the highway)..

    Hyundai provides iPod connectivity in all its models. So, not only can you listen to your iPod, iPad or iPhone, but you can control it using the stereo and the steering wheel mounted controls. If all I want to do is listen to my music library, I can wedge the iPad between the console and the passenger seat with the cover closed and go through my albums and playlists using the stereo controls. Not only that, but the song, artist and album info appears on the car stereo display. There's no need to look at or touch the iPad.

    I use the Tune-In radio app a lot to stream talk, music and sports off the internet. It integrates beautifully as well. If I'm listening to internet music using Tune In, the song info shows up on the radio display.. For many sports stations, the teams and the score show up on the radio display as well. While the iPad is showing the nav app, I still see the info for the music or Tune In app showing up on the car display..

    For navigation, I use GPS Drive. It integrates well with the iPad audo apps. You can have the GPS voice instructions pause whatever you're currently listening to, or have the instructions talk over what you're listening to. Because I'm using the car stereo, the voice is easy to hear and pleasant to listen to.

    The Hyundai glove compartment has latches to hold it closed on the sides of the hatch instead of in the middle. That lets me fold the iPad cover back and close it in the glove compartment. The iPad sits nicely out of the way. See photo below:

    Edit.... Just to add.. The Hyundai connector has enough juice to charge the iPad. It's not fast, but the charge level does go up when the iPad is connected.

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    Looks like a stock dealer photo. Can you show the actually mount, how it's connected and whatever else is visible BEYOND the iPad?
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    I will be traveling this weekend and my iPad 3 will be my navigation device. This should a good test of the charging ability. I've found that my iPad 3 keeps and gains a charge while using it for Navigation, but I've so far only done trips of about an hour. Over the next couple of weeks, I will make two six hour drives and two 7-8 hour trips.

    I strongly disagree with anyone who says an iPad is too big for car nav. The fact is, it is much easier to see at a glance. Navigon works as well as any software on a dedicated GPS device.
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    He said he's closing the glove box with his iPad cover jammed into it. There's no mounting involved. I doubt that's Hyundai's or any automaker's stock photo, lol.
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    LOL. That's a much clearer way of describing it!
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    Whether iPad is too big or not is just a preference, so it doesn't matter what others say, as long as it works for you.

    For my uses, iPad is impractical to carry around all the time, and isn't as convenient as my standalone GPS, which can take a beating and never has a charging issue, because it charges from its base. I've never needed more screen size than that, so I find no need to use my iPads for GPS.

    When I do use my iPads in my car, while my husband drives, I want them accessible to me for surfing and such, not serving as a GPS.

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