Installing an iPad onto a dashboard, Toyota Tacoma style

Wed, Apr 7, 2010


Pimp my Ride with an iPad, bitch. Doug Bernards over at SoundMan Car Audio wasted no time in installing the first ever in-dash installation of an iPad on a Toyota Tacoma pickup. Check out the entire process in the video below.

Explaining how they got the audio to work, SoundMan Car Audio writes:

We chose to use the iPad as the only source for the vehicles entertainment system. The dock connector will plug into a cable that runs to a Onkyo ND-S1 which will send the digital signal from the iPad directly into an Audison Bit One. The Bit One will then act as the D/A converter, and will also process the audio signal. The Bit One also has a great controller for adjusting the volume and audio settings. The amplifier we chose is the McIntosh MCC406M.

It looks cool as hell, but as Adam Frucci writes for Dvice, “know that the iPad available right now isn’t the one you’ll want to use. It lacks both 3G and GPS, robbing it of a very large portion of the usefulness that having a dash-mounted iPad would offer.”


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. media designer Says:

    I can see this being necessary because cell phones are not distracting enough. I get so bored just sitting there, concentrating on the road. I may as well do something else at the same time, like read blogs, check my email, watch movies. I could even check traffic reports and Police checkpoint locations. Pull over and check my iPhone instead? That would just be lifesaving and sensible. Why would I do that?

  2. Jess Says:

    I don’t think this is really advisable as it can distract the driver more. Cellphones can already lead to accidents, how much more can the iPad be?

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