Via Motors Shows Off Integrated iPad In-Dash System

4 years ago by Jay Cole 15

VIA VTrux At Los Angeles Auto Show

VIA VTrux At Los Angeles Auto Show

VIA has a new in-dash system to show off…

…but before we get into that, we should note that although the VIA extended range truck, van and SUV are about equal in cost to a well equipped Tesla Model S, their new in-Dash electric vehicle control system is not at all alike.

VIA Motors New iPad In-Dash System

VIA Motors New iPad In-Dash System

However, considering the originally shown demo of a wrapped iPad stuck to a Chevy dashboard, this new system has been integrated into the front console a lot more cleanly.

This Is How The Original Concept From VIA Looked

This Is How The Original Concept From VIA Looked

VIA plans to do a full unveiling and walk through of the iPad in operation shortly as the system will be available in all their upcoming 2014 models.

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15 responses to "Via Motors Shows Off Integrated iPad In-Dash System"

  1. Gibber says:

    Simple cost effective solution that is very easy to upgrade.

    1. io says:

      …for like 2 years, until Apple (or whoever other tablet maker) changes size, connector, and/or simply stops supporting the device.

      And as consumer tablets weren’t designed to be shaken and cooked the way they will be in a car, one is likely to need frequent replacement.

      Then there’s the most obvious drawback: this thing would be a thief magnet.

      No thanks.

      1. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

        +1 While it’s an inexpensive approach, there will be a high rate of failure. and getting new replacement parts problematic in the future.

      2. Chris O says:

        So iPads were designed for use in stable, air-conditioned environments? These are portable take anywhere units you know…

        1. io says:

          Pretty much, yes: those devices are designed to work at the same temperatures their users do — not the extremes that can be reached inside an unoccupied vehicle.

  2. David Murray says:

    I wish all car manufacturers would completely do away with the center console and just provide and snap-in bezel for an iPad and a cable connected to the ipad. Perhaps Apple should make an automotive grade iPad that also has an antenna connector for the GPS and FM radio and integrate with the car’s CAN bus. It would probably also need some sort of security measure that would prevent the iPad from working in another car without some kind of security key (to discourage theft) That way people can install their own custom apps and find easy upgrades and replacements to their infotainment system over time.

  3. Doug B says:

    I really don’t understand why we need huge and distracting screens in cars? They do not make the operation of the vehicle safer or any more efficient than a simple cluster could, but certainly makes them more expensive.

  4. Taser54 says:

    Don’t understand the need for comparison to Tesla in the post. Vtrux are fleet work trucks, vans, SUVs. It would be like making a Tesla blog post pointing out that although the Tesla is very expensive, and has similar HP, it cannot tow a boat or haul gravel like Vtruxs can.

    1. kdawg says:

      I thought the same thing. Possibly the segue is the touchscreen, but still a stretch.

  5. kdawg says:

    I like the size of this screen a lot more than the Model S screen. It also appears to belong more than the Model S’s.

    It looks like there are still a lot of manual controls, so i’m curious what is shown/controlled on the screen?

    1. pjwood says:

      Looks like climate control lies below, with a screen that wasn’t illuminated for the picture. I toggle back and forth, all the time, and can’t feel where I’m supposed to be until I take my eyes off the road. How revolutionary.

      1. kdawg says:

        Steering wheel controls are my friend. 🙂

  6. ClarksonCote says:

    There’s a lot of potential here for EV Fleet Management apps too, if the iPad has standard cloud connectivity via Wifi or 3G

    1. kdawg says:

      And it has the Recargo ap (plugshare)

  7. kdawg says:

    Does the VTrux have a backup camera?