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    Is anyone using tablets in their cars for either Driveranywhere or their clients to use? Just curious to see how you make the drivers responsible for them? What if they are stolen from the car...who is responsible for them? Do you buy them for the cars or for the drivers to use? I just bought one to try out and not real sure how to deal with it. How do you block the drivers from downloading anything they want it? So many questions!! Thanks!

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    Cool....thanks!!

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    One thing to consider for client use is the history on the device. You would want to clear the browsers settings (cache/history/form data)

    Hate to have someone start typing in an address for a site, and a it auto-suggests the porn site the last customer went to.

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    I would think by now most business folks already have their own form of tablet or device.

    As a chauffeur I would not want to be responsible for tracking the tablet for you. Nor would I want the responsibility of making sure the history is cleared and it does not get broken everytime it is used.

    If you want to provide you client with anything provide them with a hotspot that they can use their own device.
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    Todd,

    I am currently testing a 10.1 Samsung Tablet in one of my sedans. We use Limo Anywhere / Driver Anywhere. So far the testing is going good. I have a few problems and enhancements that I am starting to work with Max at LA.

    I have searched and as of now have not been able to find a way to limit what web sites can be accessed from the browser, kinda like a white list. Now I use Smart App Protector which you can download off the market for free to protect every app on the tablet, like the market and settings. The only app the driver can access is the browser and google maps. So far this is working.

    Looking to add to all my cars in the first of the year as long as our testing keeps going well.

    If you have any quesations, please feel free to contact me.

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    Tablets in your car FOR THE DRIVER TO USE is a great idea. I don't know why you would ever give one to a client. If you did it should be charged by the hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGAL View Post
    Tablets in your car FOR THE DRIVER TO USE is a great idea. I don't know why you would ever give one to a client. If you did it should be charged by the hour.
    Why? And how are you going to charge by the hour?It could serve as a replacement to physical newspapers and everyone could access the site of their newspaper of choice. No more running around trying to find a copy of the New York Times in Kansas City or the New Hampshire Union Leader in LA. Do you charge by the hour for someone to read the newspaper in the car? If you spent $4 a day in newspapers per vehicle, that is $100+ a month. After a few months, the tablet has paid for itself and you don't have the waste of the newspaper.
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    Limo Wire has it right. Most people have their own devices. And what happens when it gets lost, stolen or broken. Make the driver pay for it? I have a hard enough time keeping up with my ipod cord. Maybe in your market it would work but it's never come up for me. You probably do a lot of business work and newspapers are important but I don't spend anything on papers. But for the driver it can be great. You can even use them to accept credit cards.

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    Coming from a consumer standpoint, it would be pretty cool though if I rented a limo and there was a tablet on board that I could fool around with. But from an owner standpoint, I could see how would probably be a nightmare. As mentioned above, you'd have to worry about it getting lost/damaged and then clearning the cache and history after everyone used it.
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    If you drive businessmen back and forth to the airport everyday in a sedan it could work but I have an 8 pass limo and do mostly wine tours, weddings, dinner transportation and such and no one is interested in reading anything anyway.

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    We are using the same tablet as our demo with Driver Anywhere. It is working great...no doubt. My main concerns are do you get one for each driver or for each vehicle? If for the vehicle, then what about at late night when the driver comes to pick up the car and no one is in the office to hand out a tablet. Do you leave it in the car for some other driver not assigned to use that car go in grab it, and take it to call his own forever? Obviously to have it for the vehicles versus the chauffeur is a much cheaper option...in my case 17 cars vs 30 employees. The guys who keep the cars for the majority of the week is fine...but what about the others? I can't see charging my employees the monthly fee...so it obviously can get expensive.

    I like the app idea...will definitely download that. I don't see giving them to the clients to use with all the gadgets out there...everyone has their own thing now...it's 2011! At least most of them do. Either way....the Driver Anywhere is a great feature...just need to figure out the most economical way utilize it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Limo View Post
    Todd,

    I am currently testing a 10.1 Samsung Tablet in one of my sedans. We use Limo Anywhere / Driver Anywhere. So far the testing is going good. I have a few problems and enhancements that I am starting to work with Max at LA.

    I have searched and as of now have not been able to find a way to limit what web sites can be accessed from the browser, kinda like a white list. Now I use Smart App Protector which you can download off the market for free to protect every app on the tablet, like the market and settings. The only app the driver can access is the browser and google maps. So far this is working.

    Looking to add to all my cars in the first of the year as long as our testing keeps going well.

    If you have any quesations, please feel free to contact me.

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    For the most part anyone we transport that needs the internet has their own laptop and internet connection. I am demo the tablet for the convenience of the chauffeur and dispatcher. With the use of Limoanywhere and Driveranywhere this is a great feature.

    JNPTRLIMO
    I am looking at each vehicle vs employee. I found a mounting system that securely mount in the vehicle. Still working to see which model works best. I do believe they have a mount system that locks. I am going to be talking with Max and his team about a few changes in Driveranywhere, if you have any suggestions let me know.

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    Gary:

    If you find a good mount, definitely let me know....thanks! I haven't fooled around with Driver Anywhere as much as I should have, but I will definitely look into it a little more or if I get any feedback from my drivers using the demo tablet, I will definitely let you know for feedback for Max. Thx.

    Todd

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Limo View Post
    For the most part anyone we transport that needs the internet has their own laptop and internet connection. I am demo the tablet for the convenience of the chauffeur and dispatcher. With the use of Limoanywhere and Driveranywhere this is a great feature.

    JNPTRLIMO
    I am looking at each vehicle vs employee. I found a mounting system that securely mount in the vehicle. Still working to see which model works best. I do believe they have a mount system that locks. I am going to be talking with Max and his team about a few changes in Driveranywhere, if you have any suggestions let me know.

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    Here is a link to a company that sells mounts. I have personally bought mounts for motorcycle before (phone and GPS), and know people who have bought their mounts for laptops:

    http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/Ta...Default.aspx#/

    They are a little pricier than things you can find on the net, but all mounts I have seen by them are well made, and really good for the application/vehicle (ie, I was able to get a mount specific my my GPS model which made sure it not only was one tight fit, but also had opening for the plugs/speakers)

    Their locking iPad 2 mount is about $60 for the locking holder, then you got $20 on up for the actual mount, depending on how you want it mounted, Nice wizard on that page to select things.

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