Mercedes-Benz hopes to integrate the iPad into their cars, to allow passengers more connectivity while on the move. At the 2010 Paris Auto Show Mercedes-Benz displayed an iPad docking station prototype in an S-Class.
The design attaches the iPad docking stating to the rear of the front sets in line with the headrests. The docking station not only allows the iPad to be used while in the car, but it also recharges the battery as well. This way there is no loss of functionality and when at the desired destination the iPad is charged and ready to go. The docking station allows all the applications and programs to be run while docked, and is easily adjustable for the best viewing angle.
If the vehicle is fitted with the Mercedes-Benz InCar Hotspot, the iPad can have access to the Internet, further enhancing its usability. That feature hasn't yet been confirmed for the U.S., but countless providers offer USB hotspot connections for 3G networks.
One added feature of the docking station is the safety it provides. The iPad is anchored right into the station, meaning in the event of an accident, the iPad will not become a deadly projectile. The docking station is also designed to meet Mercedes-Benz’ strict safety standards.
The iPad docking station only requires 1.5 hours to install, and no pre-installation is required for the added feature.