I do not have much luck with trying to charge my iPad via a dc outlet in my vehicles, however our Nissan Rogue comes equipped with a full USB connection. This connection allows me to plug iPods/iPads directly into the Rogue’s audio system. This type of connection charges the devices AND allows them to be controlled by the vehicle’s radio controls. It is nice to be able to use the standard radio controls to safely control the music selections on iPods or iPads.
Previously with an iPod/iPad plugged in to the auxillary port on the dashboard or a wireless connection over an unused radio station you were stuck with random shuffling of songs or a linear playlist. My how things have changed since I was a little boy sitting in the backseat of my father’s car listening to AM radio.