The newest product from Apple, the iPad, has been released and the innovative ways to put it to use are starting to be explored. One of these innovative ways to use an iPad is for in-dash movies / audio etc. Yes, it's been done and the video is on YouTube.
Similar to the iPhone the iPad is going to be used by application developers and entrepreneurs to create new and innovative uses for this new device. The concept of a tablet PC is not really new since tablet computers have been around in different forms over the years. However, with a fully functioning touch screen and with Apple building on the success for the iPhone there is no doubt that the iPad will spurn innovation in the computer industry and other industries.
A great example of this is someone customizing their Toyota Tacoma (not sure why they didn't choose an Infiniti) with an in-dash iPad. Wow... what a great idea for the person on the go. It would have been nice if the iPad was in more of a cradle vs being locked into the dashboard. If you are the kind of person that takes your faceplate off of your Alpine when you get out of the car I am not sure you would be too comfortable leaving the iPad in the dash. It would great to be able to take it out and use it as a fully functioning computer and then put back in the dash when driving (for charging, listening to streaming audio etc).
The comments from their blog were of course focused on how distracting the large display could be while driving and that it's not a 3G model making it somewhat useless unless you are sitting in your driveway. I am sure that since they already have it wired for the wifi iPad model that putting the 3G iPad in won't be too much of a problem for these guys. Plus they seem to know what they are doing.
The following is from a previous blog about driving and texting. I thought it was appropriate to place here with this video.
Today while driving to work at Grubbs Infiniti (yes, as the Social Media Manager I could easily work from home but prefer to office at the dealership so I stay connected to what's going on) I noticed a Clear Wireless billboard on Central Expressway that showed a lap top sitting on the dashboard of a person's car and showed a traffic camera on the screen. (I will get a picture of it tomorrow when I drive by it.. Yes, I will make sure to not be moving while I take the picture). My first impression was, that it's pretty cool to be tracking traffic live on your computer while driving. My second impression, after a cup of coffee, was that it's irresponsible to be even hinting at driving while using a lap top computer. That got me thinking about what the actual Texas laws are governing texting and hands free cell phone use.
The interesting thing about the laws that are in place is that you not only have to be tuned into what the Texas legislature passes as law (and signed by Governor Perry) but also what the municipalities around Texas have passed. Some municipalities have tried or have banned texting or using cellphones without a handsfree device all together. Dallas, Austin, Galveston and several smaller municipalities have banned use of drivers’ use of mobile phones without hands-free devices and text messaging in school zones. El Paso’s City Councilvoted March 9 to ban use of handheld cell phonesand text messaging while driving in city limits. Hands-free cell phones OK. Fines up to $500. El Paso already has outlawed use of handheld cell phones in school zones.
Six states (Calif., Conn., N.J., N.Y., Ore. and Wash.), D.C. and the Virgin Islands already prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. While it's not inevitable that a handheld cell phone ban is in the works it might be time to take a look at purchasing a Bluetooth ear piece or upgrading your car with Bluetooth.
Navigation Screens a Distraction?
When I think about the Clear Wireless billboard with the laptop on the dashboard it also makes me think of how the onscreen navigation systems (whether, in dash or placed on your window) can be a possible distraction. Some navigation systems safeguard against use while moving and have a rolling lock out and you can't enter any information while moving at speeds more than 5mph. When using any device be it a handheld cell phone, handsfree cell phone or a navigation system it's important to make sure that you are operating your vehicle in a safe manner. The tragedies arising from texting while driving have been front and center in the news lately but you can point to any distraction while driving as a cause for concern.
I am sure that we have all seen someone eating or putting on makeup while driving and you just shook your head. Recently in Florida a women was involved in a crash because she was shaving her bikini line. (See Articles Below). Let's be responsible, buckle up and focus on driving. At Grubbs Infiniti we hope that driving an Infiniti is such a great experience that you want to focus 100% on the driving and not all the other stuff that you can do while driving.
This information is from HandsFreeInfo.com
Updated: March 12, 2010
Texas legislation news: Two new laws are in effect: one banning teen drivers from using cell phones and text messaging devices; the other prohibiting drivers from using handheld cell phones in school crossing zones.
Learners permit holders are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving.
Drivers under the age of 17 with restricted licenses are prohibited from using wireless communications devices.
School bus operators prohibited from using cell phones while driving if children are present.
Drivers prohibited from using handheld devices in school crossing zones.
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