iPad mini installed in the dash of a VW Jetta as an in car entertainment front end

The guys from Soundwaves of Tampa are renowned for always looking to install the latest in car entertainment systems. Thankfully with the release of the smaller iPad mini, staying at the forefront has become much easier. The iPad mini is the perfect size and fit as a front end to a top of the range car audio system.

Here is our latest iPad Mini install done into a 2010 VW Jetta. This demo shows you the integration with the iPad Mini and the Sony CDX-GS600BT controlled by Sony's App Remote.

The iPad mini is integrated with a Sony audio system and controlled via the Sony App on the iPad mini. It is certainly a very nice system and not that expensive to put the components together. The Sony system costs around $200 and the iPad mini from $329. Of course you will have to allow some install costs for the guy’s at Soundwaves; but even then a system that can offer all of that functionality along with full GPS capabilities inbuilt in your car would cost a lot more from a car manufacturer as a pre-installed option.

Personally I think this is a great option and one that car manufacturers should offer themselves. We already have Siri Eyes Free that allows you to control your iPhone from your in car entertainment system so offering full iPad support shouldn't be that hard to do. Of course there is always the danger that having an iPad in your car dashboard may be very distracting for drivers and very interesting to thieves!

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chrisoldroyd

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

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How cool would it be if Apple got involved at the OEM level to get iOS into car infotainment systems?! Still, Soundwaves did a great job, really well thought out.

RIM is already in car infotainment with their QNX OS. Their systems are installed in cars made by Audi, BMW, Acura/Honda, Land Rover and Porsche. QNX is also at the core of BB10 which will power future BlackBerry phones.

What? You're probably the only one, the new google maps showed up last week on the App Store as a universal app.

Google Maps for iPhone works on the iPad mini with LTE (and built-in GPS). As you can tell, when he pulls up the keyboard in the app shown in 2X, it's the blown-up version, not the native iPad version.