Mercedes-Benz showed off its vision of the future of driving in the recently concluded International Consumer Electronic Show held at Las Vegas.
Mercedes-Bens has shared how in the future icons flashing on car’s windshields and by simply pointing a hand at them the icons open to show real-time information as what’s happening around the place where the car is.
Vera Schmidt, user-interface designer for Mercedes-Benz said that this kind of gesture is very intuitive and it’s very natural. Vera Schmidt; who led the demonstration of the technology has added that by simply pointing at something, you get what you still want to know.
Although the technology is still raw and it will take at least seven years before actually finding its way into Mercedes automobiles but it is a proof that car makers are keen on having an eye on the future of cars running down the road. Mercedes is currently embarking its own computer innovations by way of introducing dashboards touch screens with voice-control interface.
On the other hand, Venkatesh Prasad, Ford’s senior technical leader on innovations has admitted that cars are now becoming the platform in digital wars among automakers. The concerns lie on the hazards of distracted -driving and how automakers should be walking between the fine lines of convenience and safety. Automakers engineers are focusing on simplifying the interface to cut down seconds of driver’s distractions away from driving. Moreover, Julius Marchwicki , Ford’s product manager pointed out that their technology is voice-powered and keeps the driver’s eye on the road and hands on the wheel.
However Sascha Simon who heads Mercedes’ advance product planning confessed that Mercedes has determined which apps should and should not be in the car. She said that they have integrated these apps in a way that they could be relevant to drivers.
She demonstrated how a driver running late and can’t text or phone, through Mercedes messaging app, a pre-created menu based on locations will be displayed on the screen and thus focus on the road will not be an issue. In addition Dieter Zetsche , Mercedes car head said in a keynote speech at International Consumer Electronic Show that Mercedes-Benz is working on a new generation of automobiles that will serve as the future digital companion; a companion that will learn drivers’ habits, adapts to their choices, predicts their moves and even interact with their social network.
With these advancements, this hyper- digital world will surely conquer the future of today’s driving.
We are already living in the field of information technology and our surroundings are inundated with smartphones and touchscreen hand gadgets. Our journey brings a virtual companion with us at all times and it seems we can only use it for the purpose of text messaging, calling, internet browsing and listening music. What if those features can be yoked up in your car electronics in addition to upgrade your interior design. There are many car gadgets that offer an exclusive convenience to car owners and here are the best deals:
It seems our favorite The Apple Store has dominated the usage of its versatile apps that enables the interface to function from the virtual screen world to reality. Sounds like the driver will wobble from its amazing feature when they drive will pleasure. Smartphone App have release an upgrade to car dashboards called ‘iOnRoad’. Safety Driving analysts have often observe the risk of road crash with the use of smartphones while driving. Since then, the company introduces sensors and camera to facilitate the driver into a smooth maneuver. In addition, road hazards detection app will inform drivers for a convenient alert.
Again, the smartphone ramps for another interlude of navigating the driver as soon as he sits in his car. The market launches the Alpine INE-Z928HD Navigation Head Unit ready to keep you focus on the road. Built with a perfect fitting for your Factory Integration Technology installation kits, the device can be installed in most vehicles. Alpine has also displayed the Pandora compatible in 3 units: 2-DIN Audio/Video/Navigation systems, 2-DIN Audio/Video head units and, 1-DIN CD receivers. Another outstanding personalize app to select, play and listen while navigating.
Car enthusiasts can’t resist driving with sounds. Want to hear Sony’s audiophile in its new MirrorLink technology audio system? The graphic and touchscreen system allows user to use in similar hand devices like Android and Symbian smartphones. Listen how the sound beats the stereo unit in a cool module. The Sony head unit also supplies a Bluetooth program ready to stream Internet radio anytime.
Are you still worried about using your mobile phones while driving? Your anxiety ends right now because Cobra JoyRide car charger will never leave you banning again your Android tablet on the road. Fortunately for Cobra JoyRide, the key features behave freely as you want it to be. Simply push any app button shown on the screen to initiate voice commands, business calls and play your favorite music playlist.
Here are the latest car electronic products that you can buy in the market today. There are several categories of car electronics that you can choose from when buying online. One of the most popular items that are in-demand nowadays is the LCD monitors with brands like Boss Audio and Pyle. The most common type of monitor is the overhead roof mount flip down widescreen swivel LCD monitors that measure up to 16 inches. The replacement headrest monitors are popular with car brands like Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and a whole lot more. The price ranges from $100 to $500 depending on the model and monitor size.
Car video monitors bring fun and excitement while driving your favorite luxury car. These monitors are also referred to as the car video system that are fully compatible with any type of vehicle that you have. There are a variety of car monitors that you can install in your car. These great selections include in dash monitors, headrest monitors, universal LCD, Raw LCD, overhead flip down type, rear view mirror, sun visor, outdoor sunlight readable LCD monitors, portable LCD TVs and other specialty monitors. You can also install car DVD players, as well as car digital satellite systems, and backup system cameras. There are several car video accessories which include DVD cases and organizers, FM modulators, LCD monitor mounts, Power inverters, TV tuners and antennas, video amplifiers, video game plates, video switchers, and wireless headphones.
Another car electronics category is the GPS car navigation systems. It is a very popular electronic device that is being installed in most cars nowadays. The GPS navigation system is a helpful tool that provides audio or visual instructions if you are looking for a certain location. There are a variety of car navigation devices like the portable GPS car navigation which is preloaded with maps, real time traffic guide, Bluetooth features and weather updates as well. You can purchase the In Dash Car navigation system that has a multimedia playback and LCD monitor. Other popular GPS navigation devices include OEM navigation systems, add on car navigation systems for factory monitors, and the vehicle tracking and monitoring systems. The popular brands for GPS navigation systems are the Audiovox, Nextar, Garmin, Jensen, and among others. You can also install Bluetooth-based devices such as the Bluetooth car stereos and hands free.
Indeed, these car electronics will provide you an entertainment package for your modified car.
Pioneer, being the leader in car electronics had introduced two quality reference of in-car audio components, the PRS-D800 a class D full range amplifier and the DEH-80PRS a receiver. The two new components is said to rise in popularity as they are said to improve the audio performance of vehicles and to enhance the enjoyment of entertainment. Both of the said models inherited the superiority and design elements from the Stage 4 Pioneer ultra-end car audio system. Both components maximize the sound quality becoming one of the superior components in the range of vehicle electronics.
Ted Cardenas, the director of the Pioneer Electronics Inc. (USA) stated that their Stage 4 line of products are developed, built and designed for the main purpose of obtaining the high quality of music reproduction inside the car, which is rarely achieved by any vehicle having even the perfect and finest audios systems. The goal is set on designing the two products capable of producing same levels of listening and musicality environment plus the ease of installation. In achieving the perfect flexibility, Cardenas stated that they have combined the engineering of Stage 4 products with the innovative technology and new solution to come up with the two new inventions.
The CD receiver DEH-80PRS offers maximum and convenience in terms of connectivity functions and features with customizable illumination, Bluetooth, Dual ports for USB (iPhone and iPod, etc.), three line LCD displays and more. Looking at the pure performance of the electronic, it is capable of utilizing the audiophile design along with the component to maximize the sound quality and environment within the car. The car electronic is said to be available on April with the suggested pricing of $350.
Next is the PRS-D800, which is classified as a Class D two channel amplifier. The electronic is unique with outstanding sound quality, high power, compact in size and of course, with its optimization, it is already considered as the building block of amplifier systems. The tech is about ten inches long with a four to one over eight inches ratio. The design is sleek and flexible to fit the side and even stacked on the car. The electronic is substantial in producing a hundred and twenty five watts channel to four ohms stereo. The PRS-D800 is said to be available also on April with a suggested pricing of $300. Pioneer, being known for developing hi-tech car electronics is in focus of developing more in-car electronics to better enhance entertainment and pleasures.
Dual has now joined the increasing list of aftermarket auto sound suppliers after it has released its new OE Fit Car A/V, Navigating system that will accommodate cars electronics system. The first prototype receiver was first seen on display at North Hall, Booth 1818 of the Las Vegas Conventional Center.
Dual and its Korean parent company Namsung are working in collaboration with China’s major provider of the classic OEM-fit A/V receivers Coagent to produce OE-fit auto products intended for the North American consumers. Dual is under Namsung which is Korea’s biggest independent car electronics manufacturers.
Coagent is tasked to develop a complete line up of multimedia system fitting the data system of CAN-BUS OEM for global car brands like Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan and others. Dual stated that Namsung will give hands-on contributions to the graphical onscreen interface that will allow automatic easy-to-use riders experience.
Dual has been in the business and have gained comfortable reputation with their long lists of car electronics products. It has the latest GPS navigation technology with its In-Dash Car Navigation system which allows to be loaded with various type navigation systems dependent on car manufacturer and brand model.
On the other hand Dual OE<Fit-In Dash Car Navigation is engineered to be compatible to a specific model. This lessens the burden and cost of customizing and replacing car’s radio. Dual OE-Fit receiver is fitted for features such as built-in Bluetooth, iPod and iPhone connectivity to keep users connected and entertained.
Dual also offers accessories with its Car Navigation packages that totally eliminated the figuring out of what and how to complete the navigation system for any car owner. Its navigation system package includes single A/V receiver unit with GPS built-in and bundled with all essential compatible navigation unit.
With Dual new partnership with Coagent, market enthusiasts are debating whether this will bring the aftermarket sales in boom since Coagent is seen as an important player in OEM-Fit A/V manufacturing and developers. The product is also set to be available in the market in the second half of the year.
Dual is still keeping its silent on other information about the new products adding only that the product will make a big shift in OE-Fit A/V navigation system. Nevertheless, the public is also waiting for the final release and will judge the product for its benefits and usefulness.
With downscaling sales of Car-in dash head units and navigation devices, Dual is all positive that with its new OE-Fit A/V products, there a new trend will surmise and which can be look at as a reaction from the consumers.