It was only a matter of time. Shortly after the Apple iPad 2 arrived at stores nationwide, the crafty installation experts at Sound Man Car Audio have already grafted the tablet device into the dashboard of a Ford F-150.
The California-based installer was one of the first to install the original iPad into a vehicle's dashboard, when it embedded Apple's multimedia device into the dashboard of a Toyota Tacoma last year. Since then, the company has apparently refined the process. Instead of modifying the existing dash structure and trim, Sound Man now crafts a custom fiberglass enclosure for the device, along with a sleeve that allows the device to easily be connected or removed on the fly.
Interestingly, Sound Man's install takes full advantage of the iPad 2's new capabilities, especially when it comes to multimedia messaging. iPad 2 models receive a front-facing camera, which allows users to video conference with one another via Apple's FaceTime app. The install appears to retain that function, which begs the question: how long will it take before the NHTSA cracks down on in-car video messaging?
The clean, OEM-like appearance of the install, coupled with the ability to quickly remove the device and use on the go, is likely to appease the multimedia junkie who finds other infotainment systems -- like the F-150's Sync system -- lacking. Would you ever consider embedding an iPad into your car? Should automakers consider such a feature for production vehicles? Send us your thoughts and prognostications in the comments section below.
Source: Sound Man