Many iPhone users will tell you that the iPhone was a huge development for automotive enthusiasts. Applications from remote starting, unlocking, and apps that allowed users to find the best hot spots made for an enthralling tool. It delivered confidence in traveling, knowing where you were going, and most importantly what to do when you get there. Now, that same technology is being applied to the iPad and is being focused on automotive applications.
Hyundai was maybe the first to adopt the iPad as a tool for drivers and auto enthusiasts. Earlier this year Hyundai announced that every new Equus would come with a free iPad, preloaded with the cars manual. Now that the iPad has had some time to grow within the market and reach increased adoption, companies like BMW are leading the way with automotive apps for the iPad.
‘Das’, is the first BMW iPad App, that allows users to view some of their product line in 3D. With touch technology provided by the Apple iPad users are then able to twist the images of BMW’s cars, peak into their technological advancements and learn all about their vehicles. But BMW isn’t looking at just the typical consumer use for the iPad, they also plan to outfit some of their salesman with the new cool tech tool.
The iPad for the BMW sales people would come loaded with software that would allow them to access BMW’s personal software. This tool would allow a salesperson to pull up information on a specific model, provide images, and even run credit applications while out on the car lot.
Although Hyundai and BMW are the largest car manufacturers to adopt the iPad as a tool, Coda Automotive isn’t far behind. Supposedly Coda will be releasing an all electric car later this year, that will come equipped with an iPod, again preloaded with the cars manual. Relatively inexpensive compared to the overall price of the car, the iPad will potentially create a new incentive for buyers and techno automotive geeks.
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