The IPAD is now making its way into BMW and Mercedes Benz. Those large tablet computers have officially made their way into the cars of both manufacturers above with slightly bad (read; ugly) looking docking pods at the headrests of the front seats of their cars.
Unlike those LCD/TFT screens you see built in the head rests, these are too large and no way integrated into the car’s head rests. So it sticks out like a very sore thumb, especially on the BMW cabriolet that BMW chose to display this system at the Paris Motor Show recently. If I ever bought a cabriolet, I'd never destroy its good looks by putting two large trays on the headrests.
Not to be left behind in the technological battle with BMW, Mercedes Benz has done the same thing in an S-class. However, the Mercedes Benz version seems better integrated, but if you notice one discomforting item in using the IPAD from your chauffer driven Mercedes is that you may need to really stretch your whole arm a bit to press the screen of the IPAD as y ou normally would need to do when you’re operating it. This would be a pain especially in the long wheelbase version of the S-class and it isn’t an ergonomically correct arrangement.
Of course, this is actually car manufacturers catering to an immense market for affluent people who want connectivity throughout their lives; i.e eat email, sleep email, drink facebook and play twitter. Maybe the IPAD should be carried by the car’s occupants instead of on a docking bay.
The other worrying thing is that an IPAD screen is a nice place for your face to land on in the event of an accident; all hard and shiny.
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