Does your car have a touch screen in the console? More and more automakers are ditching knobs and dials for integrated entertainment and climate controls in the form of a tablet. But they're not just for the driver.
Now, BMW and Audi are doubling down on electronic entertainment. The companies' latest line of vehicles is set to be equipped with tablets that are tuned into the car's computer and attached to chargers within the seats.
"We want to stay on the cutting edge," Jason Chan, a product planning specialist at BMW of North America, said in an interview with Automotive News. "With innovations continuing to improve tablets, we have to improve how our systems work in the car."
Don't worry, though. The tablets would be fitted with automotive-grade safety glass. That means the tablet screen won't break into a million sharp shards during a high-impact accident.
With the tablets embedded in the seats or armrests like the plans show, passengers would be able to access videos through the car's Wi-Fi network and download apps and games from the Google Play store. They will even be able to plug in a destination address to assist professional drivers and chauffeurs.
BMW is even planning to let passengers control in-car functions such as windows, window shades and temperature with the tablet.
The idea of bringing tablets into a car won't be cheap. An entertainment package with BMW that includes the tablet and upgraded features costs $2,700 in addition to the cost of the car itself.
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