This started growing on me as soon as a friend of mine, who is an Apple/Mac/Jobs fanatic, told me about his vision of deleting head-units from cars & replacing them completely with smart phones or tablets.
Smart Phone or Tablet integration is not something new in cars but tablets replacing head-units does not seem far fetched. Could this mean the conventional head-unit or infotainment system might become obsolete after some time, in favor of an app filled tablet connected to many of your car’s functions?
Smart phones have already proven their endless possibilities. It would be a matter of time until, lets say, Apple introduces their own special infotainment product, with a brilliant touch screen?`
As a matter of fact, the new iPad Mini seems to fit perfectly in 2-DIN head-units, if not this Nexus 7 tablet fitted in the dashboard of a Scion FRS, not the cleanest install but does the trick:
Time will tell how things should evolve. Numerous car infotainment systems are not that intuitive, offer crappy touch screens & distract drivers.
Perhaps one day we could also carry our vehicle’s main brain or master ECU in a tablet & tweak endless functions in our vehicles.