I can understand wanting to add an iPad to your dashboard, but a Nintendo DS? Toyota is doing just that through a new Smart Navi GPS unit in its Estima Hybrid minivan. The idea is that it will let passengers control the mapping system.
Just put in the Bluetooth-equipped Kuruma de DS cartridge and you can even enter directions from the back seat. But that’s not all. They also hope to entertain the kids with trivia questions. There’s also hand-drawn map notes and tourist info. Mii characters will speak out text information, and you can even use the car as a speaker system for a game.
Estima buyers can get the new Smart Navi and Kuruma de DS in Japan starting on June 1st. The GPS is $2,586, the cartridge $92, plus the cost of the DS.