Let's face it,
people want computing power in their cars. We've seen people cram their Mac minis into their vehicles
, and many
manufacturers now offer factory-installed iPod
as an option. Volkswagen must have been paying attention to both trends, as their new prototype
interface demonstrates. It's called "Gypsy
and really is a PC in the car's dashboard. There's a slot into which an iPod can be inserted (not in the glove box, but
right on the dashboard), and a screen from which the iPod can be completely controlled. Browse any playlist, genre,
artist...just as if you were using the iPod itself.
It's still under development, but it looks pretty cool.
CNET has a video
of Gypsy interacting with an iPod.