TABLET-- Whether you are a fan of Android, iOS or even the Windows operating system, mounting a tablet in place of that standard car stereo is becoming a regular occurrence. The ideal size for most cars will be a 7-inch tablet but that doesn't mean a larger one can;t be fitted with a few modifications. I have seen the iPad, Nexus, Samsung Tab and even a Windows tablet all being used as an in-dash touchscreen.
The benefits of doing this has too many to actually list them all, but a few of them are as follows.
- OBD2 Codes
- Phone Calls
- Gas Station Finder
- & Calendar
Now of course there are plenty of other applications that would also make this worth it, even if you don't have a tablet that is WiFi only. Personally I have used a WiFi tablet in unison with an NFC tag, once I enter the car I put my phone in a selected area which would enable the WiFi hotspot. With my tablet already having been synced with my smartphone hotspot, it will connect automatically in a few seconds without having to do much of anything.
Bluetooth OBD2 scanners are extremely cheap these days and simply just plug into the OBD2 slot that is normally located under the car steering wheel. If you ever go to a mechanic, all they will need to do is take it off and plug in their scanner, or better yet you can just tell them the problem or show it to them via dashboard tablet and let them fix it if you can't fix it yourself.
Below are a few videos that showcase others who have mounted a tablet themselves in their cars…