Car 2.0: First iPad Installed in an Auto, Just the Beginning

The frenzy that was this weekend’s iPad launch, has the interwebs buzzing about how Apple’s tablet could revolutionize media, blogging and consumer electronics. But could the must-have device have a real effect on the software, entertainment and IT systems in vehicles?

DIYers are already looking to find out. Doug Bernards of SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, Calif. decided to conduct what’s looking like the first iPad custom install in an auto and put the video clip up on YouTube, (in this case in a Toyota Tacoma truck, via Autoblog). Jump to minute five if you want to see the in-car iPad in action and the team listening to Pandora. I think this will just be the beginning of the integration of the iPad into autos, and you can expect much more of this when the 3G iPad and GPS iPad versions get released. More on this later this week.

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